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Bel-Cam Jos
03-11-2012, 04:25 PM
Crossword, recycling, picked up some items from the library, played a series of half-court b-ball games with some high school era classmates, did a little grading, went out to dinner, saw a play, changed clocks for Daylight Savings, was out to sleep quite fast.

TeeEye7
03-11-2012, 07:47 PM
Spent the day (and today, too) in Mrs. TI7's classroom helping to get it ready for the onslaught of visitors for the school site inspection for California Distinguished Schools certification (again) coming up this week.

JimJamBonds
03-11-2012, 11:24 PM
Ran, ate, napped, showered, ate, tv, web, bed.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-18-2012, 07:16 PM
Drove carefully with the heavy rain and winds out. Had my taxes done (will get a refund from both state and federal :D ), went to Costco (for purchases, lunch; saw a woman who'd obviously hurt herself somehow [maybe slipped on the wet floor outside]). Watched BBall on various TV stations, read a little. Went to church, got Carl's Jr. for dinner on the way home.

JimJamBonds
03-18-2012, 11:14 PM
Ran, made breakfast, napped, went to work for a couple of hours, went out to eat for my sisters birthday, home and laundry.

TeeEye7
03-31-2012, 09:32 PM
Mrs. TI7 and I attended the local American Kennel Club dog show this afternoon and just now returned from a nice dinner of comida mexicana. Time to be domestic the rest of the evening and work on laundry. Woo hoo!

Bel-Cam Jos
04-01-2012, 10:51 AM
Tried to sleep in (6:10? not too bad, I guess), did the crossword puzzle, cleaned up the house a little. Went out for recycling (almost ten bucks), banking, photo reprints, gas, grading (at the school, so I wouldn't have to haul it all in this week), bought a couple SW books (thanks B&N coupon). At home, watched the two NCAA basketball games, finished reading a book.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-08-2012, 11:03 AM
Slept in thanks to a Nyquil-induced night (stoopid cold :mad: ), which slowed me down most of the day and limited what I'd planned on doing. Recycling netted almost $7 (only time I really ventured out of the house), graded work/planned lessons or watched sports on TV most of the rest of the day. Didn't help with dinner's steak grilling outdoors, for those same viral reasons.

TeeEye7
04-08-2012, 03:10 PM
Mrs. TI7 and I had a very pleasant day. Did a bit of shopping for the Mrs. and then went to dinner at Tahoe Joe's (not Jos ;)) as we've been celebrating our anniversary this week end (although it's actually on Monday but I gotta work..).

Mad Slanted Powers
04-08-2012, 10:09 PM
My girlfriend and her family decided to celebrate Easter a day early since it was likely to be the best day of the weekend weather-wise. I guess it had been a while since there had been nice weather around here for Easter. So, I joined them for that.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-14-2012, 09:46 PM
As of right now, I haven't graded a single assignment, but I should have. Did my recycling (over $4) and banking; also dropped off and picked up some stuff from school. Went to an Earth Day event at the local library courtyard after leaving the new 3 Stooges movie. Watched television and read a little.

TeeEye7
04-15-2012, 12:33 AM
Ran errands with Mrs. TI7; later went to dinner.

Spent a good part of the day keeping tabs on our son who is storm chasing with other OU students in KS and OK during this scary series of storms rolling through the Plains States today. (No flying cows reported).

Tycho
04-18-2012, 03:30 AM
Last Saturday the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters gang I'm in hosted a challenge for Reality Rally.

Sponsored contestants in a challenge similar to Tough Mudder or something like that, were raising money based on the points they earned which would be reimbursed by donors.

They ran a marathon style race with challenges.

My gunfighters had sharp-shooting contests, horse roping challenges, tomohawk targeting, and they had to pan for gold and escape over a rope-bridge climbing challenge similar to Indiana Jones.

It was a lot of fun and then at the end, my outlaw gang would rob them of their treasure at gunpoint, since we were re-enacting living history and had to control the destination of very real gold we were using for the contestants to experience life in the late 1800's as real as it could get. I've lobbied for them having to take whiskey shots at the bar, too. Maybe next year.

At night, I hijacked a bachelorette party and took them from a Texas BBQ eating house down to the rodeo bar and dance hall, and put the girls on the mechanical bull (it's safe - I won a riding contest on that thing last year).

Anyway, we had 58 teams compete in the Reality Rally (led by celebrity team coaches from Survivor, The Apprentice, Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser, Miss California, etc.) - and that is twice as many as last year! This is only the 2nd anniversary of this event and it was huge with a large audience and multiple television channels turning out to report on it.

In a couple weeks we'll learn how much money we raised. This event benefits Michelle's Place, a Woman's Cancer Resource Center.

I'm very proud of the work we did. I had to show up for plenty of extra hours before the event to do the woodworking and assembly of the stages, the bridge, the targets for the shooting contests (we teach safe usage of real firearms, pistols and shotguns), and a lot of effort went into this. And keeping track of multiple teams (of 4) as they came in and competed to finish our challenges in record times, we were very busy very consistently. It was a lot of hard work.

This coming weekend will be much easier, and I'll just sit in PETCO Park and watch the Padres play the Phillies for 4 games. Then the week after that, I'm fighting the Civil War in a huge show up towards Los Angeles.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-23-2012, 10:18 AM
Recycling and hazardous waste drop-off. Earth Day celebration at the local water company (they built a nice center for classes, seminars, displays a few years back), where the high school I teach had their solar boat team showing it off. Headed to Dairy Queen for lunch and dessert, graded a fair amount of my work and planned the week's lessons, watched various sporting events. A busy day.

JimJamBonds
04-28-2012, 09:46 PM
I "put on" an alumni run of people who ran at my high school, then went to a running clinic (almost had to give a talk!), then helped a buddy move, strapped on the feed back and here I am back at home.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-29-2012, 10:33 AM
Crossword and recycling seem to be standard Saturday faire. Got a couple CDs from Best Buy (not the closing-soon store), but STILL no new SW figures. :mad: Lunch out. Back home: lessons planned, most papers graded, watched some sports TV. To end the evening, met up with the Sci-Fi book club to talk about a member who's in for some serious medical stuff, and put together a sketch book of drawings and good wishes for him.

TeeEye7
04-29-2012, 04:21 PM
House arrest, er, I mean on call so unable to stray far from the abode. It means domestic chores time which is how the day was spent.

Tycho
04-30-2012, 01:30 PM
I fought 4 Civil War battles at Pierce College near, L.A.

I stormed the Rebel's entrenched positions in a full infantry charge and we took the field, arresting General Lee who surrendered what was left of his Army.

My Confederate "girlfriend" (my friend who's posed for my Abigail character on my official author website (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joshua-Adam-Weiselberg-The-Author/117114551640217) and my dance partner shot me! (probably for stepping on her feet with my clumsy toes when I'm so tired yet trying to dance anyway) but I didn't have permission to die! So I took that hill!

(yeah, I shot her back)

I fired 40 rounds in one battle. That's nothing if you're doing a World War scenerio but for Civil War, that's 40 rounds with a front loading black powder musket!

Anyway, I was killed in a couple other engagements (we let the South win half the time when we're doing scripted battles) and I got some great pictures and video footage. I haven't had time to upload anything yet at this time. Disassembling and cleaning out my weapons will take priority right now (that's a $750 rifle!) but at my webpage above, you can see pics and videos from the past, also including my gunfighter shows and 18th century naval battles (actually filmed while sailing out at sea off the coast of San Diego).

Anyway, the heat climbed into the 90's in the San Fernando Valley and we have to wear wool uniforms. So it was exhausting, but a lot better than I imagine it is in the east where the War was actually fought. The humidity would kill us western soldiers I'm sure.

I may go to Gettysburg next year, but a lot of the guys in my unit are talking about doing it as tourists, or only fighting one day. Not sure. There's a whole process we need to follow to transport our guns across the country, too.

Then after the battles, when we're exhausted, we have to break down the camp and put everything away neatly, formally retiring the flag in a military honors ceremony as well.

I am always cautious when driving nearly 3 hours to get back home after one of these weekends, as sometimes I have to pull over and sleep in my vehicle at some commercial parking lot or another.

Members of the audience ask why we do it. Of course for me it's to be part of a community that would be interested in my book once I'm published. However, it is so much fun, that I just can't quit.

To be sure it requires some athleticism and endurance - actually a lot, especially if we choreograph hand-to-hand combat and charge up a hill or something like that. And when I ride horses, it kills the inner thighs and the lower back, not to mention you might have a carbine rifle slung over your shoulder. (Yeah I have a rifle holder on my saddle, but if I also sling another carbine, and carry my six-gun, I have 3 loaded weapons versus only 2 - the pistol is part of the uniform and required for close range combat anyway - as it is in artillery because we have safety zones where the troops can't fire the cannons if there are cavalry or infantry within their caution zone lines).

Anyway, I just kept blasting until I ran out of ammunition (we pack our own and carry what we can - but I went through 40 rounds like nothing - usually between manuevering, you're not shooting for an hour straight or you might draw swords). But other times, you save your own ammo as otherwise you'll spend all your down-time in camp re-rolling cartridges. But I make a lot of my ammo at home while I'm watching TV or movies. I'm sitting there, so I get up and exercise and then when I'm tired from that, I make ammunition. Still, in battle, there's a limit as to how much I can physically carry and still maintain an authentic uniform. However, when I get to play as my novel character, I have 3 more hidden guns on me than I normally would, plus a knife. I could feel a bit like Boba Fett!

Bel-Cam Jos
05-06-2012, 09:55 PM
I seemed to be all over yesterday: recycling (this is officially my largest funds-collected year :thumbsup: ), up to the school to get some papers, went to the local Free Comic Book Day event, back to school for copying and collating the literary journal, grading galore, out for Chinese take-out dinner, a little reading, some sports on TV. I was pooped by the end, in a good way. :tired:

JimJamBonds
05-06-2012, 10:30 PM
Drove an hour and a half to run in a half marathon (finished 11th out of 1300+ runners), had a 2.5 minute PR. Drove home, ate, then went to work.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-13-2012, 03:41 PM
On my way to drop off recycling (which put me cents from $270- this school year) and a school car wash fund raiser, I spent over a half an hour talking with a neighbor I hadn't spoken with in some time. Got quite a bit of grading & lesson planning done, watched a few games on TV, surfed a tad online. Gave my mom her Mom's Day gift since she HAS TO GO IN TO WORK ON MOTHER'S DAY :mad: tomorrow (it's today as I type this). :mad: But went to bed relaxed for the first time in ages.

JimJamBonds
05-15-2012, 10:35 PM
Ran, made breakfast, worked then went to a friends kids bday party.

TeeEye7
05-20-2012, 02:44 AM
Since our son came home from OU last Sunday, we've been hosting family and his entourage who have been celebrating his return. Also went shopping for his birthday present with him (it's later this month). Grandparents, mom&dad, and selected friends went to dinner tonight at Eureka! Burger, a new franchise to hit town (what a minor disaster!) to cap off the evening.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-20-2012, 04:11 PM
Went to the annual "Cola and Cram" study session at the high school, even though there's seldom requests for English help. Went over $280 in school yearly recycling, with half a week to go (doubtful I'll reach $300). Bought a SW book with a B&N coupon. Saw an actual Star Wars figure in a store; not only would I consider buying it, but that I did so. Drove out to the Shakespeare Festival to see Much Ado About Nothing with some colleagues from school; brought the sandwiches that no one else ate. :( Very funny play.

JimJamBonds
05-20-2012, 04:12 PM
Ran, watched my nephew's soccer game and generally relaxed with today Cellcom Green Bay Marathon being on my mind.

Tycho
05-21-2012, 03:08 PM
I have been exhausted.

With my gunfighter gang I did the carpentry work to set up the Old West town - the sheriff's office, the jail, the bank, the brothel, the hotel, the saloon, and the general store and livery.

Then I raced home (an hour's drive) for the Angels vs. the Padres in interleague.

Then I drove back for an hour (inland California) on Saturday to fight the lawmen and their deputies, rob the bank, (I shot 6 men and winged another - and got killed TWICE myself), and then make my escape to drive back to San Diego for a Padres victory over the Angels (these are my 2 favorite NL and AL hometown teams, ya know!).

And then I woke up early for team picture day and breakfast at the Padres' ballpark that I share every Sunday homegame with some of the VIPs, followed by meeting my very first childhood girlfriend, whom I invited to see my old hometown team play against in San Diego. She was literally the girl next door in my formative years and played ball with me on the home town block when I was just starting in Little League all those years back (she knew me since I was 5!)

So the Padres won, taking 2 out of 3! Wow! (my loyalties were torn) but we went 13 innings on Sunday! What a day!

I got a phone number and a date with one of the Padres' Girls (we've actually hung out before) and I'm going to try and stay home most of this week and work on my book.

There's another big gunfighter show for Memorial Day Weekend next week. I had actually wanted to be in Chicago and seeing the Padres play at Wrigley Field taking along BobaFrett, his wife, and my high school girlfriend from when I lived in the Chicago area, but that will have to wait, as the budget is getting strained on account of my investment in the work I'm doing with my novelist career (and nothing's published yet). So I've got my week planned out for me for sure!

Bel-Cam Jos
05-27-2012, 10:58 AM
Slept in some (just after 6am is LATE for me), did the good ol' crossword, put away some "stuff" that's been laying around for days (paperwork, clean clothes, towels, etc.). Headed out to see a movie, did a little shopping, got gasoline, then on to Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant (those in the SoCal area have likely gone there for dinner on a Knott's Berry Farm trip). After that, with a full belly, it was lethagy central: watched the end of the Boston/Philly b-ball game 7, read a little, surfed the world. Zonk. :zzz:

TeeEye7
05-27-2012, 12:32 PM
Spent most of the day looking after one of my dachshunds who is having neck/back (orthopedic) problems. Quite a challenge to keep her still per the vet's orders. In the evening family and friends went to our favorite Japanese restaurant to celebrate our son's 23rd birthday (which is tomorrow, actually). In between, haven't done too much else but decompressed after a bad week at the office (won't offer any details).

JimJamBonds
05-27-2012, 04:36 PM
Ran, napped, played with my nephew, worked.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-03-2012, 10:53 AM
One Saturday morning, as he awoke from uneasy dreams, Bel-Cam Samsa found he had been transformed into a... person who was now not asleep. :rolleyes: No recycling for likely the rest of the summer. Did a little errand-running. Once at home, switched between the NBA and NHL playoff games. Read a little, too.

JimJamBonds
06-04-2012, 07:27 PM
I'm part of a group who is organizing a marathon and on Sat. am we rode our course (on bikes) along with a guy who is certifiying it for the USATF, then I went to my nephews birthday party, then I worked.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-10-2012, 01:36 AM
Cleaned up some of the yard, helped plant a few things. Did a few errands, one of which was to join the world of e-readers (which I then messed around with much of the afternoon), another to get gas. Read some, watched the Kings miss out on another chance at the Cup.

JimJamBonds
06-10-2012, 04:17 PM
Ran in the Bellin Run, which is the country's 5th? biggest 10k, I took 148th out of about 18,300 people. Other then that I ate, got my nap on and worked.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-10-2012, 05:55 PM
I cannot imagine a race of that size. The biggest I've run in before might've been 300 or so. Mad props, especially for being in the top 1%. :thumbsup:

JimJamBonds
06-11-2012, 08:30 PM
Thanks BCJ! Luckily I got to start in the first 'wave' or group so the vast vast majority of people started behind me.... still its a logistical mess!

Tycho
06-17-2012, 02:34 AM
I was still up in Los Angeles today.

I started partying yesterday at the Nickelback-Bush-Seether-My Darkest Days Concert!

Nickelback had huge pyrotechnics and fireworks. I was so close to the first stage, I could feel the heat and sparks. Seriously.

They have an impressive playlist now after many years and many albums.

Then a 2nd stage comes descending out of the ceiling across on the other side of the Staples Center (where the Lakers play) and the band jumps on this thing and continues the concert from a rotating flying saucer like 2nd stage!

MasterMatt from our boards was also there. We couldn't meet up but chatted on the phone and texted while the bands were changing stage.

Bush had this laserlight show and their lead singer even jumped into the crowd and then ran - performing all the while - up the stairs - and did songs from 2 different levels around the arena so that even the cheaper seats got a very personal show!

My Darkest Days had real "porn star dancers." Only there weren't but more like rocker chics in short skirts, summer dresses, and Daisy Dukes. Girls in their audience were the ones stripping - haha.

Anyway, I took lost of pictures and video. I've seen Nickelback before and they always put on a real rock 'n roll show!

JimJamBonds
06-19-2012, 09:34 PM
Ran, hit up the farmers market, made some eats, took a nap, went to work.

Tycho
06-23-2012, 12:37 PM
Padres vs. Mariners game and a fireworks show with a new girl that's a friend.

Before that, tirelessly cleaning my apartment for expected company arriving next month.

JimJamBonds
06-23-2012, 10:00 PM
Ran, "worked" at the packet pickup for the marathon that I'm a co-founder of, made some eats, watched some of the track and field trials and currently watching the Brewers vs. White Sox and resting up for tomorrow.

Mad Slanted Powers
06-24-2012, 02:25 AM
watched some of the track and field trials.
How about that Ashton Eaton? A couple of good 10000's Friday night as well.

mtriv73
06-24-2012, 08:31 AM
Mowed, trimmed, got cleaned up and then went for a dinner cruise on the potomac down in DC.

Tycho
06-24-2012, 11:37 AM
Mowed, trimmed, got cleaned up and then went for a dinner cruise on the potomac down in DC.


That sounds cool!

JimJamBonds
06-25-2012, 07:02 PM
How about that Ashton Eaton? A couple of good 10000's Friday night as well.AE is a stud! Awesome 1500 to end it. That was really classy by the Penn State and the other guy to let Ashton 'win' the 1500 as well.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-27-2012, 02:37 PM
I was on a ship, sailing down the Alaskan coast in what's called the Inside Passage. Played a game of trivia and lost by one question (said Quincy Jones and not Lionel Richie as co-writer with Michael Jackson on "We Are the World" ), won one of the five photo caption contents on board (and came in 2nd on three others) earning me a mini photo album. Took plenty of pictures of the views onside. Ate a nice dinner, watched the song & dance show and then the finals of the karioke competition (not as bad as one might think it would be), packed my suitcases (who knew the big one'd be "lost" the next day? :( ), and went to bed with it still fairly light outside at 10pm.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-01-2012, 12:31 AM
Not as impressive as last week's Saturday schedule.

Slept in (to a legitimate 7am time), put away yesterday's curbside trash cans and put up the canvas cover on the backyard canopy supports (it gets wickedly windy here, so when it's not too hot, the cover's more dangerous than cooling). Headed out for shopping (no SW figures to be found, but some soap/chips/gravy made it in the bag courtesy of coupons about to expire). Waited at the local FedEx shipping office (that apparently isn't open on weekends, despite the lack of a sign on the window) to see if I could get my missing luggage package today, instead of waiting for its scheduled delivery on Monday; no dice :( ) and read in my car in the shade. Worked on the digital photo folder from vacation (it's over 2200 pictures) to decide which to print/crop/shrink. Read some, watched a little TV, made dinner, relaxed.

Tycho
07-02-2012, 04:58 AM
Bel-Cam, I really liked both your Saturdays but yeah, the cruise sounded great!

JimJamBonds
07-02-2012, 08:51 PM
Went golfing with a buddy, then we went out to eat and had a few adult flavored bevorages.

Mad Slanted Powers
07-08-2012, 03:03 AM
In the morning I ran the Chuckanut Foot Race (7 miles) and ran nearly 45 seconds faster than last year (about 6:42 per mile). In the evening, my girlfriend and I went with my brother's family to watch dirt track racing at Skagit Speedway. Only the second time I had ever been there (the last time was 1991 I think), and the first time my girlfriend had been there. Now I am going to take a shower to wash all the dirt off me.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-08-2012, 10:15 AM
Dirt removal is a great weight-loss program!

Ran the sprinklers, ate breakfast, did the crossword. Some errands (fruitless shopping, get gas, return & check out library books), amid awful drivers on the roads. Attended a neighbor's 5-year old's birthday party (great food and cake, could've solved the state's electric power woes by hooking up a generator to each kid's back). Read some, TV'd some.

JimJamBonds
07-08-2012, 04:31 PM
Ran, hit the farmers market, ate, relaxed, bought some shoes and worked.

TeeEye7
07-15-2012, 02:16 AM
Plumbing repairs (our house is now 18 years old), grocery shopping, grilling for dinner, and watched a lightning light show a short while ago.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-15-2012, 10:39 AM
I'm sure all the Comic-Con people had better Saturday's than me.

Got up early (not necessarily on purpose) to head to the Hallmark ornament premiere event (see the "Non-SW Collectibles" section for Hallmark), which was odd but okay. Dropped off a letter that needed a postmark by 7/15 (today, and a Sunday?) after finally finding a post office open on weekends. Went to the library, read some more at home. Moved some furniture that ended up being too wide for the new room, damaged some of said furniture in putting it back where it was to begin with. :( Rest of the day was just reading, TVing, computering, eating, relaxing. Cool sunset to end the (light part of the) day.

JimJamBonds
07-15-2012, 10:59 PM
Got up, ran to my car, drove it home, relaxed, napped, ate, interneted etc.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-22-2012, 10:54 AM
Slept in, watered lawns, went to an alumni picnic (which had no one I recognized, so I left :( ), checked out and read some library books. Watched TV, now that all the channels are back (which will likely mean a price increase :mad: ). Ate pretty much junk for dinner. Basically tried to avoid the heat outside.

TeeEye7
07-22-2012, 02:03 PM
Went to work to pick up the company car as today is the last day of staycation for me. While there, waded through two week's worth of emails and checked for any subpoenas for Monday. Also found out I will be getting a new toy: I will be retiring my sturdy old work horse Nikon D200 in favor of a Nikon D7000 (not sure if any new accessories come with it or if we're using the same old stuff). I was left home alone for most of the day and evening, so I opted for Chinese for dinner (which I hadn't had for quite some time).

Bel-Cam Jos
07-28-2012, 11:03 PM
Up early to help ma set up for her outdoor boutique sale, then on to productive errands for a change (return library books, found the DKR soundtrack CD, some food and office supplies). Home for Olympics watching and other television zombi-ation.

Mad Slanted Powers
07-28-2012, 11:43 PM
Drove home from Wenatchee. On Thursday, my girlfriend and I drove over the North Cascades Highway to Winthrop to camp with my brother and his family. Friday night we drove to Wenatchee and spent the night there. On Friday morning we drove home, with a stop in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth.

JimJamBonds
08-01-2012, 06:50 PM
Ran in the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation World Famous Racing Sausages 5k in Milwaukee (duhh!). I took 37th out of about 4,000. Afterwards I hung out with some friends and then went to German Fest (the biggest German festival this side of the motherland).

JimJamBonds
08-06-2012, 11:24 PM
I spend the day at a USA Track and Field Level 1 school, it was about 10 ish hours of listening to people talk about t&f. After 'school' we went out for adult flavored barley pops. :02.47-tranquillity:

Bel-Cam Jos
08-11-2012, 10:51 PM
Headed out for some quick errands (drop off/pick up stuff at school, shopping, first recycling of the school year [almost $13, got to introduce a new recycler to the how-tos of plastics and cans]). Made my seating charts. Watched as much of the Olympics as I could, being the last weekend of the XXX Games. Out for more errands (library to pick up prize from the summer reading program and return books, fruitless shopping, take-out dinner). Thankful for good a/c at home.

TeeEye7
08-12-2012, 10:28 AM
I spent a fun-filled, action-packed day helping Mrs. TI7 set up her classroom for the upcoming school year. I'm all a-quiver with anticipation to do same today!

Tycho
08-12-2012, 03:57 PM
The Padres fans from my seating section had a party for watching the game on TV while the Friars took on the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Jason Marquis completed his whole game, pitching a shut-out, that was only a 2-hitter. It was an amazing performance!

I had great steak slider burgers and white-cake flavored ice cream with marshmellows and chocoate chips for desert.

I drank 1 New Castle.

Today I will try to lose 3 lbs I gained during all of that.

This is why I don't regularly drink beer or order ice cream. But it sure was the perfect occasion to have some fun and do it one time, anyway.

mtriv73
08-13-2012, 05:05 PM
Celebrated my oldest sons 5th birthday a few days early so the family could come into town and celebrate with us. Found a really good dry rub and put it on a couple chickens and some unbelievably lean ribs. Slow cooked the above at 200F for about 4 hours and then threw them in the smoker for an additional 2 hours. They came out fantastic. I also made him baked beans (another of his favorites,) my wife made Mac and cheese, and grandma brought over a loaf of fresh bread she'd made. To top it all off, I made up a cake with more of his favorites in it. I started with a really moist chocolate cake, a thick layer of chocolate/(decaf) espresso ganache with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream all sitting on a large chocolate chip cookie. Needless to say I cut the slices as thin as possible when it came time to eat that calorie bomb. All of this was of course completely lost on a 5 year old who would have appreciated fish sticks from tehe toaster oven just as much, but we all had a good meal.

Tycho
08-14-2012, 02:11 AM
Why wasn't I invited to this party?

I could contribute by eating the food :yes:

mtriv73
08-14-2012, 10:12 AM
Why wasn't I invited to this party?

I could contribute by eating the food :yes:

Next year for sure. It's only a 3000 mile drive after all.

JimJamBonds
08-14-2012, 08:34 PM
Did a small local 5 miler then later on I went to work.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-14-2012, 08:49 PM
Tried to enjoy the last weekend of "live" Olympics coverage on TV, as well as the coolness of indoor a/c. :o

TeeEye7
08-19-2012, 03:18 AM
I spent many, many hours (again) in Mrs. TI7's classroom preparing for Monday's Attack of the 3rd Graders! :eek:

Also know as Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-19-2012, 11:01 AM
Got out of bed after 7:00. More recycling (but when I got home, I realized I had forgotten a bag; more for next time I guess). Was invited to a thank-you picnic for a nurses' organization (celebrating 60 years) for lunch. Fruitless shopping for a better auto shade for my car. Came home, but was just sapped from being out in the heat, and vegged the rest of the day. Tried to grade or lesson plan, but wasn't too successful.

JimJamBonds
08-19-2012, 10:19 PM
Ran 15 miles, went down to Milwaukee with a buddy where we went to an outdoor camping type place (REI).

Mad Slanted Powers
08-20-2012, 01:24 AM
Ran 15 miles, went down to Milwaukee with a buddy where we went to an outdoor camping type place (REI).
Twice as far as I ran today!

Mad Slanted Powers
09-01-2012, 05:37 PM
Ran the Lake Padden Relay (4x2.6 mile laps around the lake). I ran under 16:00, so a little under 6:10 per mile. Got quite a bit of running in. Did a lap of the lake when I got there, and then close to another 1.5 miles before I did my leg of the relay. Then I did a lap of the lake in reverse while our next two people ran their legs. Afterwards, did at least another 1.5 miles. I'm going to be kind of sore the next couple days I think.

Afterwards, went to lunch (see the lunch thread). Now I am going to take a shower and watch some Doctor Who. Got a couple episodes from last season that I still haven't watched, and the new season premieres tonight. After that I will be watching the classic Doctor Who that the Tacoma PBS station has been showing. They should be showing "The Three Doctors" tonight, so I am looking forward to seeing all three in the same episode, particularly since the first two were only in black & white. My girlfriend will be joining me tonight, so we will probably also watch the episode of Grimm that I DVR'd (I watched it already, but don't mind watching it again with her).

TeeEye7
09-01-2012, 09:43 PM
Laundry. Hairs cut. Forced labor in Mrs. TI7's class room. Dinner out.

[edit] Forced labor again today (Sunday) in Mrs. TI7's classroom. Yes, indeed, it's Labor Day week end. :rolleyes:

JimJamBonds
09-02-2012, 08:05 PM
Ran the Lake Padden Relay (4x2.6 mile laps around the lake). I ran under 16:00, so a little under 6:10 per mile. Got quite a bit of running in. Did a lap of the lake when I got there, and then close to another 1.5 miles before I did my leg of the relay. Then I did a lap of the lake in reverse while our next two people ran their legs. Afterwards, did at least another 1.5 miles. I'm going to be kind of sore the next couple days I think.
Nice work MSP!

I had the first cross country meet of the season for the college where I coach. Other then that I read, relaxed and did some laundry.

Bel-Cam Jos
09-02-2012, 08:56 PM
Forced labor in Mrs. TI7's class room.Hey, way to bury the lead there, TI. What's that mean, actually?

I did my recycling (only $4 this time), found a couple SW toys in a store and paid for them, did my heavy grading (meaning, the boxes of notebooks that weigh enough to need a pullcart to carry) and lesson planning, watched far too much college football (but hey, it's week one of the season) and some DVR'd shows.

TeeEye7
09-03-2012, 04:58 PM
Hey, way to bury the lead there, TI. What's that mean, actually?

It's called being married, sir. And caring about your 5'1" wife who can't reach things very well.

Tycho
09-03-2012, 05:27 PM
I fought the Civil War in a re-enactment in Huntington Beach and captured 2 Rebels even when my musket jammed and I couldn't fire. (They ran out of ammo and didn't know my gun wouldn't shoot - I'm about to clean it out good today!)

Then I went to the BBQ and country dance, meeting up with my Confederate girlfriend.

Later I went to the movies and saw Lawless. Good picture.

I had to return to San Diego to fight on my tall ship when she sailed at the old boat festival in our harbor. I was assigned to HMS Surprise (Russel Crowe's ship in Master and Commander).

Today I'm exhausted but still trying to get re-settled at home.

Bel-Cam Jos
09-03-2012, 07:36 PM
It's called being married, sir. And caring about your 5'1" wife who can't reach things very well.I thought she was making you learn fractions or build a CA mission. :p

Mad Slanted Powers
09-08-2012, 08:53 PM
Ran a 15K race this morning. I was hoping to at least beat the 67:26 I ran in this race in 2010, but figured I should be able to run 65:00, and if things went well, then maybe 62:00. I kept telling myself that I was going to run conservative, but I got caught up in the pace, and was running 6:25 mile pace through 3 miles. I kept expecting to hit the wall hard, but other than the two hills in the second half of the race, I maintained a pretty good pace. I ended up running 61:42, so I was quite happy with that. The only downer was that I thought it would be good enough for a top 3 finish in my age group. Last year it would have place 3rd, and it would have been good for 2nd in 2010. This year it was only good for 6th.

JimJamBonds
09-08-2012, 10:46 PM
Nice work MSP!!! Don't feel too bad about not getting an age group award. This May I did a half marathon that I did last year, my time was nearly 4 minutes faster (1:26:02), I improved from 16th to 11th overall but my age group placing went from 3rd to 6th!

As for myself today I got up before the crack of dawn for a cross country race (I coach at a small local college), came home, went for a bike ride, got some supper, did some laundry and now here I am.

TeeEye7
09-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Did a little bit of laundry but mainly convalesced. I'm nursing a face full of stitches again from skin cancer surgery. Thankfully, no melanoma this time. (That little episode really sucked!).

The fun of growing up sunny SoCal!

Bel-Cam Jos
09-09-2012, 06:37 PM
Waking up several times in the night meant getting out of bed at 5:30 became "sleeping in." Recycling netted me over ten bucks, then I took advantage of some deals and coupons to get some clothes for school (yeah, four weeks into the school year?). Graded some, watched a little football. Went to linner at Olive Garden, then got sucked into some 9/11 shows until about 10pm or so.

JediTricks
09-10-2012, 08:34 PM
A bit of a Saturday: spent 2 hours taking care of my grandpa in the late morning, then picked up my niece, took her shopping for the evening's meal, hung out at my place playing video games and setting up her new cellphone until my sister got off work, then we marinated the steaks for a few hours while we went swimming from 6pm to 10:45pm. Around 9 my sis was kind enough to throw down the steaks and corn and green onions, I brought down the potato salad and onion dip and drinks, we ate in the bbq gazebo and some raccoons got fairly brave - my niece is nearly 15 but never been camping and got a little nervous. We finished that up with more swimming and then Thrifty-brand chocolate malted krunch. It was a pretty great Saturday.


Ran a 15K race this morning. I was hoping to at least beat the 67:26 I ran in this race in 2010, but figured I should be able to run 65:00, and if things went well, then maybe 62:00. I kept telling myself that I was going to run conservative, but I got caught up in the pace, and was running 6:25 mile pace through 3 miles. I kept expecting to hit the wall hard, but other than the two hills in the second half of the race, I maintained a pretty good pace. I ended up running 61:42, so I was quite happy with that. The only downer was that I thought it would be good enough for a top 3 finish in my age group. Last year it would have place 3rd, and it would have been good for 2nd in 2010. This year it was only good for 6th.
Um, still sounds pretty boss to me. Unless there were only 6 people in your age group, sounds like you did pretty good.


Did a little bit of laundry but mainly convalesced. I'm nursing a face full of stitches again from skin cancer surgery. Thankfully, no melanoma this time. (That little episode really sucked!).

The fun of growing up sunny SoCal!Sorry to hear you had to go through that, but glad you're clear now.

bobafrett
09-11-2012, 09:44 PM
My Dad got married this past Saturday. I was in attendance at the ceremony. Then we went to the reception, where we ate, drank and danced!

Bel-Cam Jos
09-11-2012, 11:23 PM
My Dad got married this past Saturday. I was in attendance at the ceremony. Then we went to the reception, where we ate, drank and danced!Did you show the party goers (and Chuck Berry's relative) how great rock 'n roll can be? Well, their kids are gonna love it. :backtothefuture: :D

Tycho
09-12-2012, 03:13 PM
That's great Barry!

I'll have to tell him congratulations.

Well in the meanwhile, I needed money for Star Wars figures.

So I robbed the stagecoach and murdered a few people for money. Also won some at poker. A guy called me out as a cheater so I killed him, too.

Then the sheriff got out after me and we met for a gun battle in the streets!

My gunfighter gang took home a lot of rewards from the action we saw on Saturday.



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TeeEye7
09-14-2012, 04:25 PM
Sorry to hear you had to go through that, but glad you're clear now.

Thank, JT! Stitches out yesterday, no Harry Potter scar, and official word from the lab is that my doc got all of the nastiness!

Bel-Cam Jos
09-16-2012, 10:01 AM
Slept in a tad (which in space talk is about a million blinks), dropped off recycling and went to a car wash fundraiser (after returning home to get the ticket I left on the table :mad: ). Graded a bunch, watched my college football teams win, watched a DVR'd Lewis Black routine over dinner. Basically stayed indoors since it was heavy hot outdoors. :(

TeeEye7
09-16-2012, 02:20 PM
Chauffeured Mrs. TI7 round on errands, during which we were momentarily surrounded by a police pursuit on the freeway (the suspect ended up being a Scooby Snack at its termination. Moral: don't resist the coppers or their land sharks). My car got a bath as well but no fund raising involved. Laundry. Dinner out with Mrs. TI7 because it was payday from my second job.

Tycho
09-17-2012, 04:56 PM
I fractured my arm at my 2nd Cavalry west wars re-enactment. (Just post-Civil War "Hell on Wheels" era.)

They were filming for a movie with a director from Star Trek (DS9 and Voyager) too.

I was coming in for a rescue with the cavalry as we took on (ironically) members from my own gunfighter club who were holding up the train.

We had to shoot and hop on the train, catching it as it moved by and then draw swords and fight the hijackers on board.

It so happened that I was in practice working with the entire cast on both sides!

My San Diego Civil War Roundtable also gave a presentation (in the air conditioning, thankfully) about the history of the steam engine and famous hold-ups from Harper's Ferry to Jesse James. The history club provided great food and drink for all.

But I had to go and get the arm x-rayed after we wrapped for the day and my a/c went out in my truck - like exactly 1 week and 2 days after the first year garaunteed items on the warranty expired of course.

I'm on a good dosage of pain killer medacine for my arm (fractured - not broken) but I fell hard on my left because my gun is worn on my right and I didn't want to risk a tumble there and have it go off accidentally shooting myself in the leg. That would have been worse.

But my cat is still sick and I have to take her to the veterinarian's again - with only one good arm for help.

JimJamBonds
09-18-2012, 02:59 PM
Cross country race and then went to work.

Bel-Cam Jos
09-22-2012, 11:43 PM
Fairly typically: sleeping in, lawn watering, crosswording, recycling, grading & lesson planning, college football TVing, reading on the couch.

TeeEye7
09-23-2012, 01:09 AM
Chauffeured Mrs. TI7 on errands until I realized I had forgotten my wallet :quick!reverserolls:, baby sit my nephew, laundry, dinner at favorite Japanese restaurant.

TeeEye7
09-29-2012, 11:33 PM
Chauffeured Mrs. TI7 on errands with my wallet today. Bought a new microwave from Lowes at an amazing price (we've been unable to nuke food for about two months because the our old one died). Installed a new shower head (very demanding: 30 seconds or less). Dinner with my niece, nephew, and mother-in-law. Now having a rousing evening doing laundry.

JimJamBonds
09-30-2012, 08:55 PM
Got to "enjoy" a 2.5 hour bus ride to my teams CC meet, got home, changed, quick ate then went to work. Then I went over by a buddys who was having a "diaper party" and watched the end of the Wisconsin vs. Nebraska game.

Bel-Cam Jos
09-30-2012, 09:44 PM
Different things (other than sleeping in, crossword filling in, recycling taking in, grading and planning and recording in, sports TV staying in) this Saturday? Second day of read-through rehearsals for the play I'm in (To Kill a Mockingbird), free meal at Chick Fil-A (thanks for supporting teachers! :D ), watched some DVR'd shows (Clone Wars, Demitri Martin special).

TeeEye7
10-01-2012, 12:18 AM
Second day of read-through rehearsals for the play I'm in (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Any plans to reveal your role to the masses here, sir? :Ponder:

[edit] Look and ye shall find....forgot about that thread....

Bel-Cam Jos
10-10-2012, 01:14 AM
The newest Three Rs: recycling (almost back to my $10-per week level), rehearsals (more blocking and moving around the stage this time), road fears (how the [bleep] do people get licenses?).

JimJamBonds
10-10-2012, 04:19 PM
had a cross country meet, then when I got home I did some laundry.

Mad Slanted Powers
10-10-2012, 07:52 PM
Got 3rd place in a 5K race, which was a bit short. I don't think it was even 3 miles. Still, I felt I did okay considering I hadn't run in 9 days and had not been feeling great all week.

JimJamBonds
10-12-2012, 01:03 PM
Nice work MSP!

Bel-Cam Jos
10-14-2012, 12:34 AM
Went to rehearsals (still don't fully have the knife scene down right), dropped off recycling (but forgot to pick something up from my classroom on the way), decided that even including a $10-off-coupon that a plastic Converse watch for $55 is too pricey, graded just enough work, took down the backyard canopy cover (it'll be getting windy in the afternoons soon), and watched FAR TOO MUCH Space Shuttle Endeavour coverage on local TV.

TeeEye7
10-14-2012, 01:25 AM
Went to rehearsals (still don't fully have the knife scene down right).

Don't carve the ham, please.

JimJamBonds
10-15-2012, 09:40 PM
Cross country meet sandwhiched between roughly 5 hours on a bus.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-20-2012, 10:55 PM
Sorted recycling at home in drizzle (went over the $100 mark for the school year with today's haul), went to rehearsals (finally got the knofe scene, at the last run-through), bought nothing in a few stores. Came home, watched football and graded. A relaxing day, for a change. Nice. :pleased:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-21-2012, 12:49 AM
Today was the first day in a looooong time I've been able to just sit down and work on editing Lazy Jedi Episode III for a good chunk of time. Hopefully it will be done next month, but these always take a lot longer than I think they will. :p

Tycho
10-21-2012, 04:12 AM
I like JabbaJohnL's post.

Today I built and stacked two home entertainment component cabinets and 3 1/6 scale action figure display cases from IKEA.

I started opening my figures and displaying them for my 1/6 scale ENDOR display.

The top of the case has the Shuttle Tyderium landing on it, with the Rebel Strike Team all aboard. C-3PO glistens in the ship and you can see him shining behind Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewie. With the 2 seat cockpit, I have the Skywalker twins sitting on the floor behind Han and Chewie but you can't tell they don't have chairs when you look at them in the cockpit. In the back are the droids and a black sergeant and a white corproral Endor Rebel Soldier. I have the shuttle positioned so the Tyderium's wings are open. It looks super cool. It was a great toy when it debuted for ROTJ and still is as a realistic repaint today.

1st shelf is empty. I plan on recreating the shield bunker entrance there with the playset and Han and Leia in 3 3/4".

2nd shelf is SideShow's 1/6 scale Endor Strke Team. These figures are awesome! First time I opened them. The boots have shoelaces as does the enlisted infantryman's woven shirt! They each have different gear, canteens, satchels, commlink watches so they can talk to General Solo and more. First time I've opened these. Nicely done SideShow!

3rd shelf is all non-armored Imperials. These are Hasbro 1/6 scale. With the Endor Strike Team and the figures I selected here, I wanted to compensate for not having GI Joes or 21st Century military men dioramas recreating America's great wars we participated in. So I would not use 1/6 scale stormtroopers or bikerscouts here. I have 3 Imperial Death Star Trooper figures, one with the alternate Army officer hat on, and the other 2 posed s they don't look like they are clones. They are dragging the deliberately "posed wounded" Imperial officer by Hasbro (sideburns). The AT-ST Driver, without his helmet (I took it off him) and with the top of his jumpsuit unsealed, looks very "survivor-ish" and he is trying to lead them out of whatever trouble you can imagine them being in.

4th shelf has 1/6 scale Han Solo Trench Coat, Chewbacca furry, brandishing crossbow, the Ewoks, Wicket (soon - I have to find him), Keeolkeech, and Logray, having just killed a Original Trilogy Collection Stormtrooper. The last is a great figure for Hasbro. The stormtrooper's blaster goes in his holster. His box is a replica of the vintage stormtrooper's box (the box the figure is actually in, inside of the big collector box), and many of these HASBRO figures have poseable fingers and pretty darn good articulation - much to my surprise.

So I made an OT Endor display and I like the way it looks very much!

JimJamBonds
10-21-2012, 09:06 AM
Instead of going to a CC meet to coach I simply went to watch (high school not college). Went on a 7-8 mile hike with a buddy and got to try out a new backpack I got, then we got some pizza and I headed home.

TeeEye7
11-03-2012, 11:25 PM
On house arrest again this week end (aka being on call which really sucks this time since I have to "fall back" an extra hour). That meant being domestic and doing chores around the house.

Bel-Cam Jos
11-03-2012, 11:26 PM
Didn't really get to sleep in, as I had to leave for rehearsals earlier (doing costumes, mics, lighting cues). Did my usual recycling, dropped off the grading I finished last night to free up today's schedule, a little laundry. Bought a book from B&N with a coupon, went to church this evening instead of tomorrow morning to allow for maximum DST gain-an-hour sleeping in. :fingerscrossed: :D Then dinner out, back home to relax in front of uniformed athletes and pseudo-pigskins.

Bel-Cam Jos
11-12-2012, 11:53 AM
With our last dress rehearsal the night before, I actually slept in until AFTER 7am. :eek: Laundry list (LISTS... :drool: ) of the day:
- recycling (gets me over my minimum-expected amount for the school year already :thumbsup: )
- grading (got the three junior classes done, started on the sophomores [there's more of theirs, though])
- got gas
- bought snacks for the green room
- watched a little college football, but more DVR'd Daily Shows and Colbert Reports
- headed off to Opening Night of To Kill a Mockingbird play, which was followed by a cast party
- ZZZ :zzz:

Bel-Cam Jos
11-25-2012, 09:58 AM
Wow, did I miss LAST week's Saturday recap here? Oh well, too bad; I snooze, I lose.

Yesterday: watched OSU/UM football game (with channel switching to Pitt/Rutgers), cleaned out some old papers from my desks, did some quick 'round town stuff (library, bank, stores, lunch). Back home for more televised football, and a little reading. I return to teaching come Monday, so it's time to relax as hard as I can today! ;)

p.s. Here's the SSG feed from the top right of this page: "Results 1,111 to 1,111 of 1111." Nice. :pleased:

Bel-Cam Jos
12-02-2012, 10:35 AM
Planned to sleep in until at least 6am, and went another hour later. :thumbsup: :exhaustion: :pleased: Recycling, banking errands, and then put up outdoor Christmas lights (took the least amount of time ever, AND they don't look like carp). Watched some football, graded some (not all) my stuff. Was a passenger for a freeway-accessable errand, then got dinner to take home (did not finish all that Chinese food :leftovers: :o ). Odd, I seemed to have less energy as the day went on... :zzz:

TeeEye7
12-02-2012, 12:50 PM
Braved the crowds at Costco, only there weren't any. Turned out to be an enjoyable trip except for the final tally. Emboldened, Mrs. TI7 and I went to Target after dinner (I BBQ'D steaks) to complete our shopping errands. Again, no crowds. I guess everyone else was Christmas shopping while we were shopping for basic staples. Also had time to read. I've borrowed Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Wonderfully written. I have to put it down often, however, as it gets gut-wrenching for me frequently (to be translated in the Reading! thread when I finish).

Bel-Cam Jos
12-08-2012, 11:20 PM
Woke up early... and proceeded to fall back to sleep. :thumbsup: Recycling, on the road to Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana (where they had a cool Indiana Jones exhibit), then dinner near Knott's Berry Farm. Braved the glut of the OC freeways home. Relaxed until I- :zzz:

Tycho
12-09-2012, 10:04 AM
I got hired for a part in Christopher Guests' HBO series "Family Tree." It will be a Civil War era role. We start filming in January.

I auditioned and was called back for a 2nd audition for a role in Ray DeWayne's AsImus as a Secret Service agent in charge of assignments on a missing persons investigation linked to a terrorist plot. Maybe next week I'll learn if I got the part. Personally, I thought I was too young to audition for that character. But you never know what they're looking for or how they can make you up.

I then made an evening opportunity to volunteer with kidney patients in a social setting for a support group.

Finally I met up with this young student from Germany who I met when she and I were in line to mail presents for Christmas.

The previous night I was in the City of Temecula's annual Christmas parade with the gunfighter gang I run with.

We held up Santa's sleigh. That was a good heist!

For an older member of the gang who couldn't walk, I suggested a coffin on our western float with a sign that read "Sent to Heaven, courtesy of the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters."

Later at Denny's during dinner, people wanted to meet me and take pictures with me. I am surprised "Daniel Winthrop" (my character and outlaw from my novel I'm working to publish) has become kind of popular already. For the parade, I double strapped my guns down tight so no one from the crowd could reach in on me, and we used "bubble-blower guns" with bright flashing lights to shoot at the crowds as we passed maybe a couple of miles for quite a major parade route.

Anyway, stealing reindeer is a lot like stealing horses, except you can mount your Winchester on the antlers but they're skinnier and harder to fit with a saddle.

TeeEye7
12-09-2012, 05:34 PM
Completed the usual Saturday errands before taking Mrs. TI7 and our niece south over the hill to Boss Angeles to spend the first night of Hanukkah with her Dad's side of the family. Many will be returning the favor to come up and spend Christmas with us in a couple of weeks.

Yes, we're one of those families...

Bel-Cam Jos
12-16-2012, 11:00 AM
Must've forgotten it wasn't a weekday, because getting up and looking at the un-set alarm clock at 4:30am was a brief freakout. Went to the school for their winter finals cram session at the cafeteria (not much need for English help, apparently). Out for some shopping (finished getting items for those out of state), errands. Copied the Christmas letetr to mail out next week, and folded/sealed/stamped the envelopes for them, once I made it home, where I was glued to the set far too much. Did write a poem based on the recent CT events. :cry: Tried to work on my own final exams (done with the "regular" ones, just need to adjust for those students who arrived later in the semester), but alas not yet.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-23-2012, 12:36 AM
Didn't mean to sleep in, but what's done is done. :rolleyes: Headed west to the Ronald Reagan Library, where the weather was wonderful (but the flying rock that chipped the windshield was NOT :mad: ). After seeing exhibits inside (including the Air Force One jet that wasn't yet ready the last time I was there, and a cool and pretty extensive Disney archives display), it rained some (not hard, but enough to make driving cautious and visibility poorer). Dinner at home; my uncle's in town for the holidays. Wrapped a few presents.

Tycho
12-23-2012, 05:26 AM
Cool Bel-Cam. I will have to go to the Reagan Library one day. I've been to John F. Kenney's in Massachusetts. It's worth it - but I was in Boston for San Diego versus the Red Sox - and that was even more worth it!

On a worse note, I saw a homeless person fall and die while pushing their cart of recylables.

I felt ashamed that this is allowed to happen to my fellow Americans.

This was very disturbing and I haven't been able to sort this one out in my head very well.

JimJamBonds
12-27-2012, 10:52 PM
Worked, relaxed, interwebed.

Mad Slanted Powers
12-30-2012, 01:08 AM
Bought a new car. Traded in my old 1990 Honda Civic, which I have had since 1995, and bought a 2013 Honda Fit.

Tycho
12-30-2012, 05:52 AM
Cool MSP.

I spent the day writing. I am on page 437 of 475 (38 pages of self-editing to go) for my 2nd novel.

Now, I skipped 2 chapters -

a) short one where my hero girl and her boyfriend run to find shelter or at least airspace to breath in from a flood.
b) elaborate one where by bad girl takes down an FBI strike team during a raid - wanted to come back to it and do the scene justice.

And I still will add about 30 or so pages between 437 and 475, taking the book to about 505 pages because there needs to be another take-down and ensuing battle. Each time I do one of those, I have to create a handful of new "expendable characters" so the combat's more of something a reader cares about, since at least semi-two-dimensional nobodies are getting killed, versus just one-dimensional non-descripts. It's how you really develop a good battle scene in a novel.

For example, if it were Star Wars, you'd give names to the Death Star Trooper (on the left) and the Death Star Trooper (to the far back, stage right). Then when Han and Chewie shoot them, you give a care, sort of. But to make them real, you go back and say they were "Petro" and "Carniss," and then insert them into the scene where Vader interrogates Leia, and say something like "Petro and Carniss accompanied Lord Vader to the Princess' cell. Carniss was especially looking forward to seeing the young Imperial Senator tortured because she betrayed the Empire and got his friend killed when trying to take her counsular ship as it resisted being boarded."

Now Carniss has a motive for hating Leia. The reader presumably likes Leia, and when Han shoots Carniss, it is more exciting, because it seems that Han has done justice for Leia.

If Han shoots "some dude with a bucket on his head," nobody will really care and the action won't seem as interesting. I teach this technique in creative writing assistance.

A good action story has GREAT action! It's easier to do this with a movie, a comic book, or even the screen play write-up. To write a novel, one must rise up to a new challenge. Not even many of the best Star Wars authors go this far. It is noteworthy that James Luceno is pretty good about it though. When Darth Maul killed mining union members in a bar fight, I distinctly remember him naming them thought they weren't really important to the story. But it made you care - not about them so much - as that Darth Maul was creating loss and taking away "characters," not just random non-descripts [Darth Maul: Sabateur].

Anyway, my work consumed my whole day! But I'm proud of a job well done!

Bel-Cam Jos
12-30-2012, 10:36 AM
Congrats on the book work, Tycho! :pleased:

Felt a little better after the previous day's "ugh" tummy malaise (assumed it was due to a breakfast burrito from a new restaurant; guess who's unlikely to go there again?), so I took it easy and sluggishly. Had on SW:E1-E4 from Spike TV much of the day, as I also finished grading and non-electronically-recording my last final exams and read some more of what will likely be my last book read of 2012. I did go out for dinner (McRib! :o ) through the drive-thru, but was homebound the rest of the time.

JimJamBonds
12-31-2012, 09:07 PM
Congrats on the book work, Tycho! :pleased:

Felt a little better after the previous day's "ugh" tummy malaise (assumed it was due to a breakfast burrito from a new restaurant; guess who's unlikely to go there again?), ...I did go out for dinner (McRib! :o ) through the drive-thru...

And a McRib will make things better ?!?!?!?!

Bel-Cam Jos
01-20-2013, 10:17 AM
And a McRib will make things better ?!?!?!?!Chomp! :pleased: :o

Sprinklers are all working properly now, happy to report. Got a haircut, dropped off recyclables (found out the guy who works at the place I go to will retire at the end of this month), went to the library to donate some books and magazines plus pick up tickets for the upcoming Big Read kickoff event, found some MORE Converse All-Stars courtesy of a %-off deal and coupon, came home and thought about grading papers (did plan next week's lessons), watched hockey with a bittersweet heart (could've avoided this "lockout" carp easily :mad: ), made pork chops/mashed potatoes/peas for din-din, won a couple online auctions. A BUSY day for sure. :rolleyes:

Tycho
01-20-2013, 11:07 AM
I was cast in a Christopher Guest series for HBO and spent the weekend shooting guns and "holding the skirmish line" with actor Chris O'Dowd. The attached pic is me and the director to who I pitched my novel series to for assistance with a great reference for getting a major publisher and my own work turned into movies or a mini-series.

JimJamBonds
01-20-2013, 10:39 PM
Tried going for a run but only managed a pained 2 miles (I've got bursitis in my left knee). Other then that pretty much the usual.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-27-2013, 10:02 AM
Volunteered at the county Academic Decathlon (as I've said before, if you want a refreshing break from the lost optimism of our future leaders of the country, go to one of these to restore your faith :pleased: ), dropped off recycling (believe that's just over $150 on the school year up to now). Organized some digital pics, watched a little TV, tried (unsuccessfully) to get some grading done. Tried (successfully) to go to bed early. :zzz:

TeeEye7
01-27-2013, 02:39 PM
Began the day with the usual chores around the house. Then took time to run to work, even though it's my day off, to welcome our newest hirer in our unit and to wish him well. He just happens to be my nephew! No, no nepotism here but maybe the beginning of a family dynasty in the world of crime scene investigation? Came home and made my gabacho tacos for dinner.

....and for BJC: watched my wife unsuccessfully grade papers as well!

Tycho
01-29-2013, 02:50 PM
Bel-Cam Jos, I was a winner of the Academic Decathalon in Jr High and High School both - and both times for my writing / essay contest.

Duh. I'm a writer. So some people think I'm pretty good. Or thought so once anyway.

Actually, since my parents have both died, I had come across my medals from the Academic Decathalons that my parents had saved. I won some for some other subjects, too - but I don't remember which. I'd have to go look. But I took the gold (first place) for my writing every time (not exagerating).

Anyway, what do I do with that stuff? I don't really need to keep it. It made my parents proud and I'm not really going to have kids to show them to anyway. I've just felt troubled about throwing them away, ya know?

On the other hand, there are group pictures of my Jr. High and High School teams that I'm in standing next to one of the prettiest girls in my respective schools. We were always on the teams together and I used to love looking up her skirt and she knew it and let me. It is one of my fondest memories from my grammar school days over Academic Decathalons, sports, dances, etc. Oh I did manage to go out with her and "run around the horn," but just the fact that we fooled around DURING school hours was awesome!

I want to save those pictures but I don't know if it's perverted. She is the same age as I am today, and we're actually still friends, but I'm digging her Jr. High picture because of the memories....Hmmmm. Do I need an ankle bracelet? (or a long trench coat and a hallpass?)

Anyway, this girl was really smart too. We competed with each other to graduate at the top of our classes. She won as I gave more time over to working for money so I could afford to take her out. I should have figured that she was only dating me to sabotage me!

Hmmm. Switching over to Facebook in a sec to ask her. That's a question from out of the blue and over 20 years ago, huh?

JimJamBonds
01-30-2013, 10:51 PM
Did some messing around on the interwebs, watched some tv, did laundry, went out to eat with a buddy of mine.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-03-2013, 08:52 AM
Another Saturday without sleeping in. :( Drove out to a writing conference (fastest arrival time ever to UC Riverside: under 30 minutes, including a surface street detour due to a closed transition ramp) with three colleagues; met up with three others there. Enjoyed the conversations and presentations; read a short piece of mine in their end-of-the-day Authors' Chair open mic. Won a B&N gift card in their raffle, and proceeded to use up some of the balance on the way home. Once home, dinner. Then graded some, read a little, watched a tad o' TV, zonked out around 9pm. :zzz: See if any of you gangstas out there will understand this knowledge: "I didn't even have to use my A-K..." :word:

TeeEye7
02-03-2013, 03:36 PM
Gathered this 'n' that for taxes and started working on the process...

"Ask not what your country can do for you....ask what you can do for your country".

Tycho
02-03-2013, 04:48 PM
Bel-Cam Jos: tell us more about your writing and the writers' conference or PM me.

We've got some similar priorities. What are you writing?

I worked on the City Council special election campaign yesterday. I'm invited to a super bowl party today, but I am probably just going to work on my writing as I have a free day with no campaign responsibilities and it's quiet here. I think the Super Bowl parties are elsewhere for the most part and I will be able to concentrate. I need silence to write although I make a rock soundtrack to my fiction novels (in the spirit of Top Gun and Miami Vice - as I love that style).

I generally don't listen to it when I'm writing per se, but sort of: before and during breaks when I'm writing a scene when I want to get "that feeling" for my scene.

"In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins is a very cliche choice since Miami Vice - but they didn't actually (Michael Mann) use it that well. During it's play, Crockett phones his ex-wife, knowing the confrontation with the drug dealers (who they actually fail to stop by the end of the pilot episode) could turn deadly.

Now Tubbs has greater motivation in that part of the Miami Vice story, as the dealer killed his brother who he impersonated to come down from New York and get on the Vice investigation in Miami. I think when the song reaches the crescendo, Tubbs should have murdered the dealer in cold blood (Crockett eventually does in a 2nd season episode and on a beach in the Caribbean). But when Tubbs should have riddled this guy with "an extended clip magazine's worth of bullets from his Baretta, Crockett could have covered it up for him, as vigilante justice!

Anyway, when I was a kid I played with my toys creating a complex plot for them. I used "In The Air Tonight" when Optimus Prime had enough and completely destroyed Galvatron - yes Galvatron because Megatron had to have enough of him left to become Galvatron in those days (80's) and Prime finally had enough (after being brought back by the Matrix as the show's continuity did for him since everyone hated Rodimus Prime anyway).

Well, others here like JediTricks hated the way Michael Bay made Prime a destroyer who wasted Demolisher in ROTF and finally tore Megatron apart and crushed all the pieces in DOTM which I think JT claims he never watched (though I don't believe that - it's a Transformers movie!) Anyway, I wrote that scene (but of Galvatron's destruction and the war's end) in the 1980's so naturally I thought it was awesome when Michael Bay and Orci / Kurtzman did it for DOTM.

My current novels are always about what it takes to make a good person go bad (in fact, I'm happier myself now that I've turned to the Dark Side).

But when I wrote to "In The Air Tonight," my (once-at-the-beginning) good guy, empties two six-shooters (12 bullets) almost - as I think he killed two men before this - into the bad guy and slays him in cold blood as there was never a trial (true history as my bad guy worked for Secretary of War James Buchannon Floyd who was never brought to trial for using US taxpayers' dollars to buy and transfer arms to South Carolina which ended up in Fort Sumter for use by the Rebels - historical fact!) So after all the other crimes, murders, and lack of response by the forces of "justice" that were supposed to be brought by Lincoln's government, my character takes matters into his own hands.

And yeah, I know how that re-characterizes Optimus Prime when he tears apart Megatron in DOTM - and it SOOOO NEEDED to be done!

Anyway, while I'm actually writing the scene I don't play the music (maybe while I'm editing it) but before and after and when I pause it.

The song is very cliche and unoriginal, but I'm saying and telling new and hopefully original things in the story, so the cliche grounds my audience just like using beasts of burden (dewbacks and eopiees) in Star Wars does.

Anyway, creating and writing is a lot of fun - why I probably won't watch much of the super bowl. My characters go way further than 100 yards! (though I eventually am planning to write a football story)

Bel-Cam Jos
02-04-2013, 12:39 AM
The Inland Area Writing Project (IAWP) is the Riverside chapter of the CA Writing Project, a 40-year organization to teach teachers to help their students with writing and general teaching techniques (there's a US organization too: the National Writing Project) by sharing best practices, resources, materials, collaborations, methods, and ideas. I've been a part of them since 2003 (wow; hard to believe this is the 10th year for me). I also am on the focus group board for writing academies/camps for students.

Tycho
02-04-2013, 01:15 AM
Bel-Cam, I would one day like to teach writing techniques at conferences but always felt like I need to be a successful author first.

Some things I do:

1. Outline

2. make a calendar of every day of the week for the month and specific year your story is set in. For example, September 11th in 2016 falls on a Sunday. I have events occuring then in my story. I've mapped out on a desk blotter calendar (I made from poster boards) August, September, October, November, December and January 2017.

2a) plot your outline on the calendar. Use a different color pen for each of your major characters and one for "b and c characters" so you know where they are and what they are doing each day of your story.

3). type in different color fonts and write your favorite scenes first - my first scene I wrote came from the middle of my book. I worked around that creating the build-up and the proceeding consequences of that action to a larger climax (a revenge motivation for one of my characters) by writing around my red text. Rarely can someone write a story from "Once upon a time" to "The End." My technique pretty much eliminates writers' block.

And I have a lot of other techniques I can share that have worked for me - including writing to a musical soundtrack as we discussed "In The Air Tonight" above as applied to an aggravated murder assault by a good character who "had enough" and finishes it with much anger and impatience and no honor left to speak of. (How I'd tell the Cybertronian War story with Optimus Prime having to act like Megatron in order to finally stop him - which is anethema to some fans like JediTricks once related something I thought sounded like he was opposed to that kind of character growth for Optimus - "growth" does not necessarily mean an improvement of one's noble character - it just means growing into something different.

Ah - and character "journeys" like the Joseph Campbell "Hero's Journey" that a guy named Bel-Cam Jos would probably be familiar with ;)

Anyway, if my 2 cents as a writer (or my visions from the Dark Side of the Force) are worth anything to you.

If not I'll choke you with my thought-powers and suspend you in the air by telekinesis while I incinerate your body with Dark Side Force lightning.

J/K - don't want to do that to you, dude. But it would be great to have that power and find someone that it deserves being done to!

figrin bran
02-04-2013, 07:04 PM
I had a doctor's appointment in the morning followed by a dentist appointment in the afternoon.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-04-2013, 09:48 PM
I had a doctor's appointment in the morning followed by a dentist appointment in the afternoon.I figured you were out celebrating getting the 1138th post in this thread, fb! :thumbsup:

JimJamBonds
02-04-2013, 10:48 PM
Screwed around wasting time doing nothing all that productive, read, napped, interwebbed. Then went to a bachelor party but had to cut out early because I had to get up super early for work on Sunday.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-10-2013, 11:35 AM
Slept in, due to the NyQuill-enduced slumber I "enjoyed" the last night (in airquotes, because I have no memory of sleeping :zzz: ), due to a bad cold-but-at-least-not-the-flu. Watched DVR'd stuff, tried to grade papers. Sorted and cashed in recyclables (first time without the "regular" recycling guy in several years :sad: ), did some shopping. Came home, tried to grade papers again, watched a little TV and webbed. After dinner, continued to try and grade (and I was quite successful at "trying" to grade all day :pleased: ), read some. NyQuilled again, and I guess I slept.

TeeEye7
02-10-2013, 08:12 PM
Completed the usual domestic chores before celebrating my sister-in-law's (no age revealing) birthday.

InsaneJediGirl
02-11-2013, 04:44 PM
Finished mowing the lawn, did various other yardwork activities.

JimJamBonds
02-12-2013, 10:06 PM
Did a local 5k with 2-1B (we walked), went to the local underground mass transit sandwhich shop, busted out the new snowshoes I picked up Friday night.

TeeEye7
02-16-2013, 11:44 PM
After an exciting afternoon of changing out anti-siphon valves in a couple of toilets (my poor house is beginning to show its age), it was time to celebrate Mrs. TI7's birthday at Tahoe Joe's. Although her birthday is actually Monday, the big celebration was held tonight for logistical reasons (mainly because we wanted to guests to show up!).

Tycho
02-17-2013, 09:19 AM
I had my work brutally criticized by the agents at the writing conference. Even the ones who like to my work and want to partner with me. I have a lot more editing to do and I am very saddened by this process. Depressed right now :(

Bel-Cam Jos
02-17-2013, 09:44 AM
Graded much of the day, did some loads of laundry during said grading, watched some TV or listened to music while grading those assignments. Fun.

JimJamBonds
02-18-2013, 07:22 PM
Worked out, ate, took a nap, did laundry then did some running around. Watched Hatfields & Mccoys, wanted to punch Kevin Costner in the throat but I can't seem to find him.

Tycho
02-19-2013, 11:39 AM
I love Hatfields & McCoys! ;)

Did you see a guy who looked like me riding a horse that looked like the one I ride firing a gun that looks like my own? (On the Confederate side during the opening battle.)

I wonder...nah....couldn't be.

Did that scene have 2nd unit pick-up shots taken in Moorpark (Simi Valley area) California? That would just be a coincidence, right?

Hehehehehe.

Actually, the mini-series turned out awesome and I've watched it 3 times in its entirety. I would have been a McCoy partisan probably, but I didn't get to pick my side.

JediTricks
02-19-2013, 05:14 PM
Did a local 5k with 2-1B (we walked), went to the local underground mass transit sandwhich shop, busted out the new snowshoes I picked up Friday night.You wouldn't think he'd be able to walk a 5k with those shock-absorber hips and skinny metal legs.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-19-2013, 09:36 PM
I'll bet they took care, sir.

JimJamBonds
02-22-2013, 10:03 AM
I love Hatfields & McCoys! ;)

Did you see a guy who looked like me riding a horse that looked like the one I ride firing a gun that looks like my own? (On the Confederate side during the opening battle.)

Actually, the mini-series turned out awesome and I've watched it 3 times in its entirety. I would have been a McCoy partisan probably, but I didn't get to pick my side.Don't you find it interesting how Kevin Costner was shown in the best light? Interesting how his character found God but Bill Paxton didn't and infact died thinking Hatfield was involved? Interesting how that could happen with a director that has worked with Costner on a ton of projects?

Plus the series was rather slow and boring imno.

Bel-Cam Jos
02-22-2013, 08:30 PM
I thought Costner carrying out that injured woman through the crowded concert was gratuitously like that other movie he was in; Bull Durham. :IWillAlwaysLoveYoooooooooooooooou: :o ;)

Tycho
02-22-2013, 10:09 PM
Don't you find it interesting how Kevin Costner was shown in the best light? Interesting how his character found God but Bill Paxton didn't and infact died thinking Hatfield was involved? Interesting how that could happen with a director that has worked with Costner on a ton of projects?

Plus the series was rather slow and boring imno.

I am an Agnostic and usually get boiling (Dark Side) angry when people profess their religion. My first thought is usually, "I don't have time for this!" I feel a lot of anger but try very hard to hide it when people proclaim their love for Jesus (or fill in a religion here) and I know they don't follow it - or say they "reformed" yesterday - what I think is only an excuse for their lack of opportunity to commit any bad behavior (like riding a horse around and killing one's adversaries when one is hardly righteous in the first place).

[And I seriously want to keep this discussion our of the Rancor Pit, but PM me if you're interested in further details of my beliefs. As I said, I have exhausted my patience with most other religious people - except for those on their death bed or facing irrepairable grievences whom I don't care to make feel worse - so I don't expect the message, but I'd welcome the discussion.]


Back to Hatfield, it's his fear of death that has him baptised and worried about being on good behavior in the end. I loved the contrast between McCoy who lost his faith and Hatfield who "found his faith - a pile of steaming bull of course - though I figure Hatfield himself was in denial of that and oblivious to his hypocrisy or determined he'd convinced himself that Jesus dying for his sins would make up for the horrible, horrible sins he and his family committed (Cotton's death being probably and clearly the most indisputable).

This series was hardly slow or boring! I loved the controversy and continuingly increasing hypocrticial positions the characters were taking - like religious McCoy allowing for a contract killer to enter their employ and not stopping his scheming, plotting, and deservingly hated nephew the lawyer to escalate the war.

As a writer - and of this western genre - I totally build that kind of stuff up and have plenty of gun battles as did Hatfields & McCoys. You also have to build up your love stories to have passion behind the motivations of certain characters that drive them. If the affairs don't seem real, nobody will believe the participants being driven to kill.

No, I think Hatfields & McCoys was perfect.

Now do you think that "the director" had an atheist agenda? First step back and ask if that wouldn't start with the writers, Kirby and Mann?

I LOVE the atheist agenda, even though an agnostic agenda would serve my own beliefs better. Yet an agnostic (reasonable approach) agenda would lack much of the passion an atheist brings to their cause (or search for reason - though if they were objective - they'd see that either the Judiao-Christian "truth or lie" - whatever it really would be proven to be - prevents the atheist from proving their truth as well.

Anyway, it could be Kevin Reynolds selects atheist agenda - or how about stories that make people think about things - for the projects he likes to work on?

I don't know all of Reynolds' projects off the top of my head. Waterworld I think, which examined religion by mysticism anyway: "A child will lead the way..."

But you could say that I personally write with an agnostic agenda, or one to not-so-subtly paint Christians and Jews as irrational hypocrites anyway (and uh...Jesus Christ did as well if you actually paid attention and read the Bible for yourselves, people).

I would "attack" other religions as well, but I do not yet have occasions to confront them - though Islamic Fundamentalism will eventually get its fair share of attention in my novel series. But I'll actually enjoy it when someone says I wrote THOUSANDS of pages of "anti-Christian" material. Maybe Kevin Reynolds should direct films based on my books? (But I'm really thinking Michael Bay though my proposal was recently taken seriously in nearly a half-hour's time I spent on the set of an HBO series I acted in that was directed by Christopher Guest. He'd be great if he could refrain from putting almost ANY humor into my stories. My "voice" is angry and vengeful as one would expect of my personality. ["Else you don't understand the Power of the Dark Side of the Force ;) " ]

JimJamBonds
02-22-2013, 10:59 PM
Umm, my comments about Kevin's character finding God wasn't a comment on the process or about religion or it in society etc. It was just a comment that his character is the one to find God while Bill Paxton is still stuck in the feud. Which I would think would tend to put him in a more positive light.

Renolds and Kostner have worked together 6 times from what I can tell.

There were some interesting things learned from the show. I thought the feud would have been longer, granted 30 odd years is long but I thought it would have gone on longer.

Tycho
02-23-2013, 12:35 AM
No, the feud might be over because Geico hired both the Hatfields and McCoys to make insurance commercials with real, living cavemen!

They all saved thousands of dollars by getting Geico Car Insurance. I am assuming this ended the decades of bloodshed.

If automobiles and auto insurance would have been invented earlier, it might have saved dozens of people's lives in Kentucky and West Virginia. (I think the latter is where the cavemen came from in the first place.)

Anyway, "the character who finds God" being shone in a positive light is not the message I took out of it.

First, Hatfield allegedly "found God" by embracing the Christian religion (hence his baptism). I don't see him in a positive light after he was responsible for ordering or allowing so much killing, and his service to himself first, by deserting in the Civil War, and then finding God to convince himself he had Jesus' forgiveness or something (the series doesn't mention Jesus by name in that part, but the baptism is a Christian tradition, so I extrapolate).

Second, I don't think there is forgiveness for what Hatfield did - if there is forgiveness. Now that is man's "invention," (Christ's forgiveness since it requires faith and is not demonstrated by proveable fact.) Perhaps Hatfield could have prayed to God that all his and his family's murders were successful kills, and God rewarded him for standing out instead of being a sheep? People are convinced their religion tells them that they "know" what God wants. Yeah. Right. The sniper in Saving Private Ryan would pray to God that his shots were kill shots. The Bible says "Thou shallt not kill." That the sniper is doing his military duty is an excuse. Personally, I like the one "Thou shall not commit adultery" if the exception to that one is "unless she's really, really, really hot!" Then it's all in the line of duty, right? ;)
But Hatfield's finding of religion does not shine a positive light on him in my eyes. He's a hypocrite and I'd hope everyone would see that.

Meanwhile, the Lord-loving faithful McCoy's abandonment of his faith and poisoning by his hatred and depression he fell into was awsome! I think that Reynolds (and Kirby and Mann foremost) showed the fall away from self-righteousness as something the audience could ponder (if they "got it"). Him intentionally or unintentionally killing himself in that fire (and historically, he could have even been murdered if there were no witnesses to say McCoy's death occured by foul play) shows the viewer that someone's fantasy reinforced by their faith might be worthwhile since the actual truth - living on after the loss of one's faith in unproven religious (and self-righteous) dogma - is indeed cruel - and reality can be cold and cruel.

I see a tragedy for both men.

Both Hatfield's righteousness and his finding God were outright lies. He might have believed the 2nd one, but I do not.

McCoy's defense / circumstance of being wronged might have been righteous, but his faith was a lie in that it could not protect him from evil - and his sons even perpetuated more wrong doing by their actions, thus he did not bring his family up in righteousness in spite of every effort he made without fail, to try - except that he did not reign in his nephew - but that was after all the trouble had started and his nephew hired the bounty hunter.

TeeEye7
02-24-2013, 03:09 PM
Performed the usual Saturday domestic tasks, visited into the wee hours with some great friends who relocated to Oregon and are staying with us for a few days while they conduct some local business, contributed some WWII research to the website NavSource.org.

JediTricks
02-24-2013, 03:53 PM
Attempting to breathe, thanks to this stupid cold.

El Chuxter
02-24-2013, 09:25 PM
Finally lucked into getting Fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers, the main (and, arguably, only good) ride in Cars Land (AKA that Disney "land" based on the weakest Pixar movie, but which gets the best music in the park as a tradeoff).

Tycho
02-25-2013, 11:19 PM
I had another gun fighter show. It went very well. Then I went to a very reliable gun dealer for rifle repairs. Had to order a part but should have my rifle fixed before I need it in upcoming fights (still about 2 weeks away).

I also had my friend over and we caught up on The Americans, Justified (almost caught up - which is why I haven't visited the Justified thread in a little bit) and Walking Dead (all caught up and it's awesome!).

Been getting in great workouts and swimming laps too since the weather is beautiful!

Bel-Cam Jos
03-02-2013, 10:43 PM
And I got another cold (dang! :mad: ), so I slept in due to NyQuil again. Watered lawns, did the crossword, cleaned up some inside, watched DVR'd TV, tried to drop off recyclables (was closed, but did open later in the afternoon). Got my taxes done (if, IF there's an actual government, I'm supposed to get $ back from the fed and state), did some shopping. Went to 5 Guys Burgers because they double-charged my credit card (according to my c/c statement received today) last time I was there, so technically dinner was "free." Came home, graded and watched hockey on the TV, eh?

Mad Slanted Powers
03-03-2013, 01:31 AM
Did a 4 mile race in the morning. Did a lot better than I expected, especially since I haven't been running much, have a couple nagging pains, and have been feeling a bit under the weather lately. Plus it was kind of windy.

In the evening I went to the school where my girlfriend works, and watched a talent show and enjoyed some pizza.

TeeEye7
03-03-2013, 03:31 AM
Grand Central Station.

My father-in-law came for a visit, as did my son's best friend (one of our many "adopted" sons) who's in the Navy; now stationed in Nevada, who came to town with his Japanese girlfriend he met while stationed at Atsugi, Japan so we could meet her; who arrived unannounced with another "adopted" son; as did my sister-in-law with her kids and boy friend who came for dinner with my father-in-law (we BBQ'd)....*whew!* *heavy sigh*...and entertained and fed the majority of the group this evening; and ended the evening by Skyping my son in Oklahoma......

Tycho
03-03-2013, 07:50 AM
I worked on voter contact and securing support for our city council candidate and then later went out to a BBQ by the pool. I was asked to bring one of my cats and she proved to be well-behaved and a popular visitor. That was a first.

DrE
03-03-2013, 12:42 PM
Watched my baby son, Otto, while the wife worked. After she got home we made kabobs for dinner. She gave Otto a bath and put him to bed while I went to Costco. When I got home we made peanut butter blossom cookies for my bro, who is re-installing my stairway railing.

At some point during the day I got the Ep 5 pinball game for my iPad. Fun.

JimJamBonds
03-04-2013, 10:46 PM
Went on a 90 snowshoe hike (4.5 miles for those that care), then went to my nephews birthday party.

TeeEye7
03-09-2013, 11:53 PM
Spent a nice, relaxing day doing not much of anything. Celebrated my birthday (which was actually yesterday...as well as Mabs') at a Japanese restaurant with family and a good friend. Good food and some unexpected but appreciated gifts as I enter geezerhood...

Bel-Cam Jos
03-10-2013, 10:18 AM
Got breakfast to-go. Tried, I really tried to get my grading done earlier in the day (I did get half of what I needed to do before 10pm, though :pleased: ), but alas did not. Went to the (my :pleased: ) local community college's 130th anniversary celebration for a few hours, which was cool (and cold outside with the winds, clouds, and low-50s temps). Loaded some photos. Watched some hockey, eh, on the TV. Did a tad of reading.

JimJamBonds
03-10-2013, 12:31 PM
Went to the Giants vs Royals game, hiked a butte, ate rattlesnake and cactus.

Tycho
03-11-2013, 01:53 AM
JimJam, I so wished I was going to Spring Training again this year. I go every year but need the money for my book preparation fees.

Because of my first book, I'm quite the Civil War Re-enactor.

But we had an incident on the battlefield this weekend.

24 Rebels who were surrendering were gunned down by the 2nd Cavalry. I didn't hear any orders personally. But when they throw down their arms, I don't fire. We're still trying to find out what happened, but the Rebs went down and our Re-enactor audience didn't appreciate it and I heard us being called murderers. Oops I guess.

Tycho
03-11-2013, 10:08 PM
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This was last Saturday (and Sunday).

dr_evazan22
03-11-2013, 10:57 PM
Is that you with the beard?

TeeEye7
03-12-2013, 03:49 AM
Is that you with the beard?

....with hammer cocked and your finger on the trigger?!
YIKES!

Tycho
03-12-2013, 07:00 PM
Yes, that's me. My first novel I'm trying to get agented is set during the Civil War so I've been acting to make marketing contacts. Like 1 of my characters I seem to have a predisposition to Train Robbery ;)

JimJamBonds
03-14-2013, 10:48 PM
Went for a run, relaxed, hiked a butte, went to the Giants/Royals game, got my pic taken with HOFer Rollie Fingers, splashed around in the pool and hot tub, went to a stake house and enjoyed a wonderful porterhouse.

Tycho
03-15-2013, 05:17 PM
Were you at the Rangers / Royals home field in Surprise Arizona? I like that ballpark.

JimJamBonds
03-16-2013, 10:40 PM
Nope Scottsdale.

Tycho
03-17-2013, 01:33 AM
I worked on the City Council campaign (special election due to a resignation) and then came home and worked on my novel, followed up by watching a lot of season 5 of The A-Team!

Bel-Cam Jos
03-17-2013, 10:31 AM
Like those standard letters Wheel of Fortune gives the contestant in their final puzzle: tried (and mostly succeeded) to sleep in, sprinklers, crossword, recycling (up to $190 on the school year so far), sports on TV. Fueled up the car, shopped a little. Headed to a cool, and unknown to me until a couple days ago, Abraham Lincoln shrine. Had dinner at a new, and not-fully-opened-yet pizza buffet place, where we got to watch the "condensation" run (not drip) down from the a/c unit behind us. No prices listed anywhere, cashier "forgot" to mention that drinks are separate, TV was muted and music was too loud, items in buffet line weren't labeled so you had to guess at some of them (salad dressings, what exactly was on that pizza, whether something was working yet or not). Food was good, though. Home to read.

TeeEye7
03-17-2013, 11:04 AM
Mrs. TI7 and I ran errands most of the day to the point where it became so late that we ended up going out to dinner (comida mexicana). Experienced Devine Intervention when we picked up the mail: we received an escrow refund check which was just enough to help pay income taxes owed (for once). We have to pay this year due to not planning for the lucrative year I had last year with my job as an adjunct faculty member with our community college system and all the teaching I did on the side. We didn't know where we were going to come up with the bucks until yesterday...the check covers the amount exactly!

JediTricks
03-17-2013, 05:24 PM
Had lunch with Chaddy, then helped my mom out with some errands, and killed the night playing billiards until closing time.

JimJamBonds
03-18-2013, 10:30 PM
Went to the high school where I coach track and field (my alma matter btw) where there was a coaching in service where a number of things were talked about. How to CYA, new things going on, talked about concussions etc. While I didn't want to give up half my Saturday to be there it was actually kinda interesting. Then I worked out, did laundry, read then hit the sack.

Mad Slanted Powers
03-19-2013, 12:32 AM
Ran an local 8K race and did a lot better than I expected, especially since I felt terrible warming up. Maybe if I can start running more than two days a week (and stay injury free), I might run some even better times this year.

I was going to watch my brother finish a 50K race, but the weather got kinda bad, and I had to go pick up my girlfriend. Thus I didn't stick around since he probably wasn't going to finish for another hour or two. Spent the rest of the afternoon and evening watching some TV and stuff on the DVR.

JimJamBonds
03-19-2013, 10:18 PM
I was going to watch my brother finish a 50K race...
Was that Cowtown?

Mad Slanted Powers
03-19-2013, 11:04 PM
Was that Cowtown?No, it was the Chuckanut 50K.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-24-2013, 10:10 AM
After the usual, went to the library to give and receive. Finished my grading and recording of student work. Lunch as take-home. Cleaned up some papers and boxes of stuff. Watched quite a bit of TV (mainly NCAA tournament and got sucked into Pawn Stars for a couple hours), and read less than I thought I would.

TeeEye7
03-24-2013, 11:27 AM
Mrs. TI7 and I spent most of the morning going over and filling out forms to re-finance our mortgage (49 page HARP loan application). We then ran errands and I had time to get a bit of needed gardening in which included admiring the re-emergence of my North American pitcher plants.

JediTricks
03-24-2013, 02:26 PM
Ooh, planty.

Took my mom and her husband to Disneyland yesterday, walked around looking at the sights mostly, listened to the Royal Street Bachelors play a great set.

JimJamBonds
03-24-2013, 08:54 PM
The HS team I help coach had a meet so most of the morning/early afternoon was spent there. Afterwords: interwebs, laundry, nap. Bed.

dr_evazan22
03-25-2013, 08:38 AM
Hung out with the little guy while mom had 2 work appt's. Celebrated mother in-laws birthday with her fam. Good times, great nieces and nephews.

JediTricks
03-25-2013, 07:56 PM
Disneyland to check out the sights rather than rides. Tiki Room's Maynard was on fire, had that audience in the palm of his hand. Royal Street Bachelors were silky smooth. Oddly, we got an alternate team for Golden Horseshoe Review's Billy Hill & the Hillbillies.

Bel-Cam Jos
03-31-2013, 01:18 AM
Recycling (I may be near $200 for the year), hit a few shops, little work in the yard, finished my gotta-do grading and most of my lesson planning. Drove out to Staples Center to see Ohio St. and Wichita St. in the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament... only to see the Buckeyes lose. Still, final score aside, it was an awesome game experience. Drove home (parking at Staples and drive to and from were all surprisingly smooth) to dinner out. Home to internetiing and TVing.

TeeEye7
03-31-2013, 03:44 PM
Ran a few errands, with Mrs. TI7, laundry, yard work, BBQ'd dinner (we're Californians, after all), and finally a just-before-midnight run to the emergency vet for one of my dachshunds. As usual, it appears she's ingesting things she shouldn't.

Mad Slanted Powers
04-01-2013, 01:01 AM
Didn't have a family Easter dinner to go to, and I couldn't make it out to my girlfriend's place for the brunch that she prepared. So, I had the usual Sunday of my mom coming over for a few hours to visit and help out around the house a bit. After she left, I met up with my girlfriend and her family at a park. Hung out there for a little bit before going to Dairy Queen. After returning home, I watched the final episode of The Bible miniseries on The History Channel. After that, I watched The Mountain Runners. This is a documentary about the Mount Baker Marathon. This was an event that was held from 1911-1913, and was a race from Bellingham to the summit of Mount Baker and back. This was the inspiration for the Ski to Sea race, and event that has been held annually since 1973. http://www.themountainrunners.com

Bel-Cam Jos
04-07-2013, 09:52 AM
Watered parts of the yard, then headed out for the hard-to-believe-it's-the-15th-annual Water Day/Earth Day celebration (which netted bags of free stuff [including reusable bags], free food [Chick Fil-A sandwich, pizza, soda, candies], displays of saving techniques, a trivia dunk tank [get the right answer on the touch screen and it beeped a horn that sent the guy into the water... except my correct answer of "aquifer" didn't make the board drop on the tank... and neither did any of the other 3 wrong answers :confused: ], face painting, plants, etc. etc. etc.). I now officially am over the $200 recycling mark on the school year. A new shopping area opened, so gotta get all those great grand opening deals (some SW figs and toys from the TRU, a good deal on dress shoes at Famous Footwear), home to grade/lesson plan/watch TV. Read a couple chapters before going to bed. A pretty good day, I suppose.

JediTricks
04-07-2013, 04:51 PM
Visited family in the hospital all day, then came home and read comics.

TeeEye7
04-07-2013, 07:37 PM
Cussed my washing machine for imploding (drain pump now history), ran errands with Mrs. TI7 as now seems to be our habit, went to dinner (Tahoe Joe's) to celebrate our anniversary which is actually on Tuesday.

Tycho
04-07-2013, 09:54 PM
I caught up on a lot of sleep this weekend. I met several really nice new girls at my apartment complex I've started hanging out with (separately too ;) ) and I achieved a lot of work on my 2nd novel, mostly keeping to myself this weekend.

Mad Slanted Powers
04-07-2013, 11:08 PM
Went shopping in the morning and stopped by to see my mom. Came home and mowed the lawn. Good thing I did, as I may not have had another dry day for a while. Then I got cleaned up, did the dishes and waited for my girlfriend to come over. We mostly watched TV and stuff on the DVR (Big Bang Theory, Psych, Doctor Who [both new and classic], and Touch).

Bel-Cam Jos
04-13-2013, 10:58 PM
Up early to get my car in for service on the first-come-first-served place, but stopped to get breakfast on the way (ended up being a flux capacitor [may as well have been that] instead of just an oil change need as why the "Check Engine Light" had come on :( :greedy: ). Got a ride to a B&N teacher talk and materials sale (I won a book! :eek: ), then back to pick up my car. Graded all my gotta-do stuff, lesson planned for this coming week. Read some, watched some, surfed some.

TeeEye7
04-16-2013, 03:38 AM
I was dispatched to a tragedy at work which began late Friday night and spilled over into Saturday, so my Saturday began promptly at the stroke of midnight. Worked on that little issue and got home at 4AM. I had signed up for an overtime shift for Saturday, so I was back at work at 4PM and worked until midnight. As luck would have it, another tragedy struck at midnight and had to assist one of our small agencies in the county. I ended up with a 16 hour day (Sat/Sun), getting home at 8AM. Ended up with a 70 hour work week last week due to some other overtime, too, last Monday. Hooray for cuts in personnel! and AB109 :rolleyes:

Tycho
04-16-2013, 12:18 PM
My tragedy was on the baseball field.

Edison Volquez' pitching gave it up to the Colorado Rockies.

TeeEye7
04-20-2013, 11:31 PM
It just won't quit.

I spent most of today just recuperating. Thursday/Friday ended up a 20 hour shift, thanks to people waving guns around and endangering the public and my colleagues and their guns putting a stop to it. The past two weeks have been nothing short of pure insanity in the county! Just two more nights of on-call...

[edit] Well, just got home. Got called out this Sunday morning at 2:00AM it's now 5:30AM. I reiterate: it just won't quit!

dr_evazan22
04-21-2013, 07:51 AM
Went to a memorial service for one of my best friends brother who had passed last Sat. On the way home we stopped at Macaroni Grill. We watched Zero Dark Thirty after we put the baby to sleep.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-21-2013, 10:24 AM
Sprinklers, simple yard work, recycling, quick shopping. Out to lunch at the only nearby (read: 15 miles away) Dairy Queen with a full Hot Eats menu, to the mall for Hallmark stuff. Home to finish some grading, glued to couch and TV (sports, Pawn Stars marathon).

Bel-Cam Jos
04-28-2013, 09:37 AM
Much of?
- grading
- lesson planning
- breathing

Some of?
- recycling
- reading (this one's been a tough get-through)
- TV viewing
- eating

None of?
- shopping
- gassing up
- taking over the world :TheBrain:

TeeEye7
04-28-2013, 06:55 PM
The highlight of Saturday was going out to dinner with Mrs. TI7.

Didn't do much of anything else but decompress. Had an emotional late Friday night working a traffic collision between a big rig and one of our deputies in one of our desert communities. He had to be cut out of his patrol car and air lifted to the hospital. I know the young man and it's difficult to work those kind of cases (I've worked WAY too many in my career). Wasn't motivated to do much else yesterday. Making up for it today, however....

JediTricks
04-28-2013, 09:42 PM
10 hours repairing Windows, having replaced the firewall with Comodo caused a worrisome delay to one of the key systems, but since I had recently changed antiviruses to AVG it was a chore tracking down the proper software that had caused the damage and then tracking the system that had been damaged, in the end half a dozen system restores were necessary, the old firewall's full-cleaning tool had to be engaged, and then I had actual WORK to do which caused me to get auto-IP-banned by my host, so it was a pretty full day of annoyances, from breakfast until bedtime was spent on the damned computer.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-29-2013, 11:29 AM
I was finally able to spend a good solid chunk of time editing The Lazy Jedi: Episode III this Saturday (and less so on Sunday), which was nice. Hopefully it will be out within the week, we shall see.

Tycho
04-29-2013, 06:35 PM
Good luck on your creative project JabbaJohn.

It's really a most amazing unique aspect to those of us in the creative arts.

I keep fighting for more time to work on my 2nd novel.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-05-2013, 09:54 PM
Busy day! Breakfast out on-the-go, while headed to the annual Free Comic Book Day event (which has CLEARLY gotten bigger, maybe too big for that venue :ComicConComesToTheIE?: ), where I waited in line talking, grading, reading, drinking, sunburning, watching. Got some of what I wanted, yet much of what I sought was "not there" somehow. :mad: Headed out for recycling and simple shopping, then went back to the FCBD location to see if anything else I was seeking was available (did see a friend there who either edited or co-wrote a book and was signing; no other "stuff" to get), went home to grade some, eat a little, look through photos, then sleep poorly (I thought if you were exhausted, you fell asleep easily :( ).

Bel-Cam Jos
05-12-2013, 09:08 AM
Another busy one: sprinkler running, recycling, banking, somewhat ineffective shopping, gassing up my car (there was a man who needed to push his apparently-out-of-gas car to the pump, so I and another guy helped him), laundrying, and grading, GRADING, GRADING. Oh, and I graded some more, getting all of it done and recorded (but not yet to the students' online gradebook). Only TV on was seeing the first two periods of the Penguins/Inlanders game 6 clincher. Out for ice cream and gift cards, deliveries. All that in about 18 hours. Zonk. :zzz:

TeeEye7
05-19-2013, 07:26 PM
Pretty nice day:

Vegged a lot because work has been horrific for the past six consecutive weeks. Lots of six-day work weeks. Had a "welcome home" dinner with family and friends for my son who is home for a few weeks before returning for summer school. GREAT news from BigB that I will be able to purchase his newly-published (and autographed) comic! Very much looking forward to that!

Bel-Cam Jos
05-19-2013, 10:11 PM
I got that very comic in the mail yesterday (see the "Comics This Week" thread here). :D

I went to the school (had to re-copy part of my final exam due to my own error :( ) and its study session, where I helped no one. Oh well. Saw the new Great Gatsby movie, and ate far too much popcorn (as lunch). Came home, read some, TV'd some.

Mad Slanted Powers
05-25-2013, 11:13 PM
Went to Fred Meyer in the morning to get groceries and some gas for my lawn mower. Spent most of the day watching the state high school track meet online. Then I ate dinner and watched Doctor Who (the season finale I had on the DVR, followed by episodes 3 & 4 of "The Masque of Mandragora (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_Mandragora)"). Now I have Red Eye on in the background while I figure out what I want to do for the rest of the evening.

JediTricks
05-26-2013, 12:23 AM
Today's been a busy one:
- work out
- breakfast
- balance checkbook
- deal with problem on my other forums
- contact Steve re comic-con plans
- patch up tear in driver seat of my car
- fill up radiator
- drop off HOA dues at post office
- visit Verizon store to talk about switching from Sprint (spent 30 minutes in there, accomplished 4th in line, maybe not the best weekend so I walked)
- Target for supplies and gift bag for my cousin's daughter's college graduation tomorrow
- surprise return home to empty recycling I left in the trunk of my car by accident, and while here I drop off Target shopping
- Albertsons on the other side of town for a Morningstar Farms sausage patty product nobody else carries for some reason
- Trader Joe's for food
- comic book shop for 2 pull-list floppy covers (comic guy remembers me by name, been a long time since that's happened)
- Ralphs for different food
- balance the checkbook again
- 3 loads of laundry, washed, dried, folded, put away; in the process of the 3rd load drying now.

Surprisingly productive day, and yet I ended up putting off 3 more chores, although I may do them tonight - probably more like Monday/Tuesday though.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-26-2013, 10:33 AM
Up less early than past Saturdays (thanks, no more school this year :thumbsup: ), to water the lawn, do the crossword. Did some paperwork 'round the house, and a load of laundry; read a little. Headed out to the SW Day event at the library, came home happy but tired. Got Chinese as dinner, watched a DVR'd movie. Zonked.

JediTricks
05-26-2013, 04:23 PM
I forgot that I did have one more chore I did end up doing, had to chop an onion, half diced and half long, so I could have a salad for dinner and the rest for storage. The protective glasses helped some, but I gotta find my protective goggles, they'd work much better.

Tycho
05-28-2013, 11:17 AM
I had my gunfighter show.

Robbed the bank.

Used my funds to enter a poker tournament vs. Doc Holliday.

Got caught cheating and called out into a street fight.

We both got shot dead by the sheriff this time in a plot twist.

This occurred at high noon.

Was repeated at 2pm only I was wounded, and thrown in jail this time. My gang busted me out and killed the deputy. But the sheriff had Wyatt Earp in town for a visit and we got slaughtered on the street while we were trying to hit a 2nd bank.


Then I drove to Palm Desert to visit with my grandpa and hear his WWII stories and talk to him about baseball. He really enjoyed my visit.

I returned to Temecula where my gunfighters are celebrated. I went to meet my friend Jill at her favorite bar in town. I wore my cowboy outfit all day because me grandfather gets a thrill out of seeing me dressed up.

I go to the bar and security is actually using a wand metal detector. But they know me as a local celebrity gunfighter. I still wait in line when the guy is asking if the guy ahead of me has any metal in his pockets that will set off his scanner. He takes out his car keys, phone, etc.

I get up in line and ask him to hold 3 hand guns and my 7" knife while I remove my cell phone and keys so they won't set off his metal detector. Everyone laughs. They definitely know me. He returns my weapons and says, "Never mind. Just go ahead."

Bel-Cam Jos
06-01-2013, 11:45 PM
Put up the summer shade cover on the canopy "walls." Was hot out, so I mainly stayed in. Planned places to see on vacation. Did a load of laundry. Talked with the housesitter for the upcoming vacation. Went to the library to turn in my reading reviews (and a couple finished books) for the summer reading program, then got pizza for dinner. Watched a flat Penguins team get shut out on home ice against the Bruins. :( Wrote sentences without explicitly stated subjects, technically making most of them fragments. :p

TeeEye7
06-02-2013, 03:49 PM
A few domestic chores then birthday dinner with family and friends for my son at his favorite Japanese restaurant. His birthday was actually last Tuesday but we deferred until the week end. Bitter sweet since he will be leaving in a mere few days to return to his home in Oklahoma to start summer school and look for that elusive student job.

JediTricks
06-02-2013, 04:52 PM
Shopping for another car, mine requires a lot of work unfortunately and the value in fixing it all doesn't make financial sense.

Helping my mom and her husband find a condo, drove them to a few, didn't go great.

Moved the family cell service from Sprint to Verizon, we each picked up the new Galaxy S4 - would have done that at Sprint but their service is abominable after years of giving them a chance.

Hung out with my sister in the evening.

TeeEye7
06-09-2013, 02:23 PM
Ran errands in the heat so Mrs. TI7 wouldn't have to (we topped out at 107, tying the record for the day), made gabacho tacos for dinner, watched Life of Pi. afterwards.

JimJamBonds
06-15-2013, 08:47 PM
Went to the Barnes and Noble in Green Bay for a book signing by Jim Gaffigan, I met 2-1B so we got to hang out for a bit which was nice. I asked Jim if he had any "Holiday Hawk" to drink but he didn't get it (it was a reference to a soda commercial he did years ago), later after the signing I asked again and he said he remembered.

JimJamBonds
06-25-2013, 10:13 PM
I'm part of a group that started a marathon in my hometown and this past Sunday was the race. So my Saturday was spent handing out race numbers, giving directions, talking to some really cool people, hanging direction arrows amongst other race related things.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-26-2013, 11:14 AM
This most recent Saturday had my mom and I at Zion National Park. Got there about 9am, took their shuttle (you can't drive through the Scenic Route yourself anymore, which is a good thing as far as parking or traffic is concerned) to the last stop, working our way "down" the park route. Check out the pictures (only a very small sample of what I took). It was hot (about 95, IIRC), so frequent stops to rest was not only welcomed but necessary. Ate dinner at a cool restaurant (I ordered the buffalo meatloaf, which was amazingly tasty), drove the 30+ miles back to the hotel to get ready for the drive to Las Vegas on Sunday.

JediTricks
06-26-2013, 02:50 PM
Very cool jaunt to Zion National Park, I kinda want to replicate it. Keen pictures too. Buffalo meatloaf, I like buffalo jerky from Trader Joe's but seems like meatloaf is an odd application for such a relatively unconventional meat, glad to hear it was good.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-26-2013, 03:07 PM
Very cool jaunt to Zion National Park, I kinda want to replicate it. Keen pictures too.Actually, that was day 16 of an 18-day summer road trip. But I was surprised to learn that Zion's only about a long day's drive from here (just two hours past Vegas). I'll post other shots in various threads here, as I get them organized better.

JediTricks
06-28-2013, 01:11 AM
Ah, I see. Well, I don't want to replicate an 18-day road trip, especially not through the Mojave into Nevada and the other western states in the beginning of summer, I put in enough time with that sort of misery when I was a boy scout. ;)

Still, a trip to Zion sounds nice, and only a day's drive (7 hours from LA) seems reasonable... in not the summer. :p

Bel-Cam Jos
06-28-2013, 09:50 AM
The start of the trip was in "hot" states (CA to AZ to NM), then a turn north into temperate states (CO to NE to SD to WY). Back into "hot" ones (UT to NV) before a return to CA. Almost no rain (cue Blind Melon), more wind, and we avoided the CO wildfires and evacuations by a day (actually saw the start of one along the way north).

Bel-Cam Jos
06-30-2013, 09:35 AM
Shopping for another car, mine requires a lot of work unfortunately and the value in fixing it all doesn't make financial sense.Hey; great minds think... logically.
Woke up, ran the sprinklers, alas no crossword (cancelled the subscription while on vacation and haven't re-upped yet), had the A/C come on before 8am (meaning it's at 78 in the house). Went to the Toyota dealership where my mom got hers (for some "loyalty" discounts); about 3 hours or so later, drove out with a new Camry in a nice color (goodbye "Elizabeth," my Saturn ION for over 8 years; you were an erstwhile road companion). Uploaded, organized, and resized more vacation photos. Read an actual book. Wanted the coolness (temperature-wise) of a restaurant for dinner, but instead was ensured our food would never get cold there. Bought a carton of OJ from the store on the way home, then watched some DVR programs before heading to night-night.

TeeEye7
06-30-2013, 02:28 PM
....drove out with a new Camry....

Congrats on the new addition! You can check out my opinion of Toyotas in the "I Experienced the Demise of My Internal Combustion Conveyance" thread.

Yesterday I healed some more, thanked a very gracious SSG member for his generosity on a couple of social media sites, and tried to keep cool in 106F weather.

JediTricks
07-02-2013, 03:02 PM
Hey; great minds think... logically.
Woke up, ran the sprinklers, alas no crossword (cancelled the subscription while on vacation and haven't re-upped yet), had the A/C come on before 8am (meaning it's at 78 in the house). Went to the Toyota dealership where my mom got hers (for some "loyalty" discounts); about 3 hours or so later, drove out with a new Camry in a nice color (goodbye "Elizabeth," my Saturn ION for over 8 years; you were an erstwhile road companion). Uploaded, organized, and resized more vacation photos. Read an actual book. Wanted the coolness (temperature-wise) of a restaurant for dinner, but instead was ensured our food would never get cold there. Bought a carton of OJ from the store on the way home, then watched some DVR programs before heading to night-night.Being too logical in LA makes car buying impossible, there's way too many awful cars to sift through, and everybody either wants too much or has a weird problem or both, so it was rough shopping logically without the ability to buy off the lot.

I was going to make a Fred Sanford joke about your car's name, but you can fill in the joke really.

Sounds like a good use of a Saturday.

My saturday was spent going to Botcon in San Diego's Town and Country Resort, the fruits of which you can see here: http://www.actionfigs.com/content.php/1557-Botcon-2013-Photo-Coverage
and
http://www.tfviews.com/news/main/1687

Hit a few panels, hung out with Bikerscout and Adam from these very forums, had a few meals, and then drove home, another 2 hours on the road, my back still hurts even after spending hours yesterday swimming, sunning, and hot tubbing. Ohh, poor baby. ;)

JimJamBonds
07-02-2013, 10:15 PM
Great call with the Camry BCJ. I had one that I just stopped driving last week that had over 292k. I really wanted to hit 300k but the oppertunity I had for a new car (to me) was to great to pass up. What do I have now? Another Camry.

JediTricks
07-03-2013, 01:33 PM
My big qualm about the Camry is that it's very uninspiring. It's the car you drive to get to the store, or to grandma's, or to work. You don't enjoy it, you don't drive it to take corners or blast off the line or look like a mack or put people in your rearview anytime you want. The industry has a term for it, "beige", not just a color but everything, it's fine but not inspiring at all, it is an adequate, well-built, reliable peoplemover without any hidden style or power or performance benefits. That's why I didn't hunt harder for it, that and they hold their value too well for what I could afford, so either I'd be buying a car with 200k miles on it or from the '90s, and neither was acceptable in my book. I would have taken that blue one in Santa Monica mainly because it only had 2 owners and was near my grandma's house and it had a nice new stereo with USB input.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-03-2013, 06:07 PM
That's why I got the "Clearwater Blue" color. I haven't seen many cars of that color on the road or in parking lots since I got it. It's no red or green or yellow to stand out, but it's still different enough. I'm not a style person when it comes to cars; I want reliability and long life (I guess I'm a "beige" person, then). This is the first car I've owned that wasn't gray or silver, like seemingly everyone else's car.

Mad Slanted Powers
07-03-2013, 08:08 PM
That's why I got the "Clearwater Blue" color. I haven't seen many cars of that color on the road or in parking lots since I got it. It's no red or green or yellow to stand out, but it's still different enough. I'm not a style person when it comes to cars; I want reliability and long life (I guess I'm a "beige" person, then).Indeed. When they have those commercials that say, "built for drivers", I don't think I fall into the category of person they are trying to describe. I had a Honda Civic for 17 years that I got from my sister (and it was already 5 years old at the time). I guess the only flashy thing about it was that it was red. At the end of last year I got a Honda Fit in "Vortex Pearl Blue" I believe it was called.

As for what I did last Saturday. Went for a walk with my girlfriend in the morning. Mowed the lawn in the afternoon. Watched some classic Doctor Who in the evening, and made some Knox blocks to take to a Sunday barbecue. I was out of grape juice, so had to use cran-raspberry.

JimJamBonds
07-03-2013, 09:42 PM
My big qualm about the Camry is that it's very uninspiring. It's the car you drive to get to the store, or to grandma's, or to work. You don't enjoy it, you don't drive it to take corners or blast off the line or look like a mack or put people in your rearview anytime you want. The industry has a term for it, "beige", not just a color but everything, it's fine but not inspiring at all, it is an adequate, well-built, reliable peoplemover without any hidden style or power or performance benefits. That's why I didn't hunt harder for it, that and they hold their value too well for what I could afford, so either I'd be buying a car with 200k miles on it or from the '90s, and neither was acceptable in my book.
True its not flashy or anything. But in the 8ish years I had it I put on 150,000 miles (thats a guess there), and the only money I put into it other then the normal stuff gas, oil changes and tires etc was $120 for a new latch on the trunk. Yeah its not sexy but even at the end it was getting me 28+ miles per gallon that consisted of city driving with a ton of starts and stops. You can't beat that. Sure you can get something with more to it but good luck with it lasting anywhere near as long with nearly no problems.

JediTricks
07-04-2013, 03:08 PM
That's why I got the "Clearwater Blue" color. I haven't seen many cars of that color on the road or in parking lots since I got it. It's no red or green or yellow to stand out, but it's still different enough. I'm not a style person when it comes to cars; I want reliability and long life (I guess I'm a "beige" person, then). This is the first car I've owned that wasn't gray or silver, like seemingly everyone else's car.Yeah, that makes sense. I find the Clearwater Blue a little too similar to stuff in the light gray family when quickly scanning, but it does stand out overall. My preference would be for a dark blue, but they DON'T OFFER ONE!!! So second choice would be Barcelona red.

My car is dark silver, like everyone else's car. :p It's adequate, doesn't show dirt the way my white car did, holy geez, and it's not the ugliest color in the world a la the Oldsmobile's champagne despair.


Indeed. When they have those commercials that say, "built for drivers", I don't think I fall into the category of person they are trying to describe. I had a Honda Civic for 17 years that I got from my sister (and it was already 5 years old at the time). I guess the only flashy thing about it was that it was red. At the end of last year I got a Honda Fit in "Vortex Pearl Blue" I believe it was called.

As for what I did last Saturday. Went for a walk with my girlfriend in the morning. Mowed the lawn in the afternoon. Watched some classic Doctor Who in the evening, and made some Knox blocks to take to a Sunday barbecue. I was out of grape juice, so had to use cran-raspberry.A Honda Civic can be a driver's car, but needs to be tuned for it, it's a general peoplemover with its baseline setup. The Fit can be fun to look at with some help, but is an understeer machine so I'd never advice driving it fun. Luckily, that's not where you are as a driver, so it's not a problem, but I advise all my friends with a Honda Fit to drive sensibly and never expect it to corner in an emergency.

I think the attitude our society has created in the last 15 years of "driving is for getting places, not fun" has created a society that doesn't really know how to drive anymore, they know how to aim a car but not how to drive it, and they don't seem to want to, hence the dearth of fun, cheap cars between the late '90s and now. I feel like if the society takes the fun out of driving, they also risk taking the skill out of driving - when you know how to control your vehicle for fun, you also learn how to control your vehicle in emergency situations, what type of handling you might need to use to save your life. I see all the time people braking while cornering instead of beforehand, not understanding the physics of momentum as they take a turn too fast, weaving uncontrollably at emergency situations at speed. I think we have to put the skill back into driving, and one way to do that is to put the fun back into driving as a group mentality AND the raise the licensing requirements.

Did you watch the 6th Doctor retrospective?


True its not flashy or anything. But in the 8ish years I had it I put on 150,000 miles (thats a guess there), and the only money I put into it other then the normal stuff gas, oil changes and tires etc was $120 for a new latch on the trunk. Yeah its not sexy but even at the end it was getting me 28+ miles per gallon that consisted of city driving with a ton of starts and stops. You can't beat that. Sure you can get something with more to it but good luck with it lasting anywhere near as long with nearly no problems.That'd be exactly 25% over the national mileage average of 15k per year.

Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to bash you guys and your choices in cars, I understand that every driver has different needs and wants, I was trying to explain my particular ones is all. If Toyota had made a sporty car in the late '90s to late 2000s, I would have probably bought that instead, but the killed the Supra, the Celica was underpowered and hideous and uncomfortable and yet also expensive, and then they switched to the underwhelming Scion brand. So the only real choices are their various sedans.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-07-2013, 10:49 AM
Awoke.

Don't they always say that's the most important thing to do every day? Anyhow, dropped off some recycling, as I now had a full can (just under $3), and hit the library. Helped mom with some of her deliveries, went to Costco to fix some problems with photo reprints. Home to read or watch TV. Dinner of a very cheap and tasty Costco 18" pepperoni pizza while watching an older movie.

Slept.

JimJamBonds
07-07-2013, 10:19 PM
Rode my bike to Planet Fitness, worked out, then rode to the library, returned a few things, got a few things. Then went across the street to the farmers market (picked up a few things), took a somewhat longer then needed to go route home. Made a kick ash breakfast, napped, showered, ate, worked, slept.

TeeEye7
07-10-2013, 03:28 PM
Mrs. TI7 and I spent Saturday in the car traveling about 500 miles from Cali to Winslow, AZ with the fun of a downpour going through Flagstaff.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-10-2013, 09:54 PM
Mrs. TI7 and I spent Saturday in the car traveling about 500 miles from Cali to Winslow, AZ with the fun of a downpour going through Flagstaff.My longest road trip day this summer was Rapid City to Salt Lake City; over 700 miles, but thankfully, no weather issues. Longest ever in one day? Texarkana, AR to El Paso, TX: about 900 miles.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-14-2013, 05:35 PM
Up early (meaning alarm was set for 6am; awake at 4 :mad: ) to head out to Hallmark's summer ornament premiere (mainly to get the Limited Edition SW one; success! :D ). Got gas, read some, watched far too much TV (sucked into the Pawn Stars marathon). Treated to brought-home In-N-Out, :) which may've led to the nap I took. :zzz: Was going to go out for $1 Handel's ice cream in the evening, but laziness and lethargy won out. :(

JediTricks
07-14-2013, 05:44 PM
Early day was spent prepping for packing and termite tenting, then a lovely swim.

Later part of the day was spent at Norm's Restaurant in Beverly Hills with Bikerscout and Maradona, the intention was strategizing for SDCC, although of the 5 hours we spent nursing our cheap meals, we barely got any actual strategy done. :D Then Maradona and I were both independently headed down to La Cienega TRU so we ended up hanging out for another hour there. :p

JimJamBonds
07-15-2013, 09:55 PM
Went for a run that went bad, I was hoping to do 14 but it ended up not even being 7. Ate, worked out (that went better), ate some more. Went to my niece's birthday/grad party, ate and rocked it bocce ball style with (one of) my nephew(s).

Mad Slanted Powers
07-15-2013, 10:45 PM
I came down with a cold on Saturday night, so I didn't run at all this weekend. I did get a short walk in before I realized I was sick, and walked a bit on Sunday as well. Feeling better tonight, and hope to feel good enough to go for a run tomorrow night.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-21-2013, 12:10 AM
Walked to friends' new house for their first-ever yard sale (1.5 miles from home; 24 minutes to get there; not too shabby), helped with some set-up, sales, and conversations with their younglings. Interesting that it took 25 min to return; almost all flat or downhill, too. Got some stuff from the library, read at the library (turned in what may be the last book review for the summer program). Was shocked that it actually rained in Southern CA. :eek: Didn't watch as much TV (not much on). Got Chinese take-out, and watched Rango.

Mad Slanted Powers
07-21-2013, 02:19 AM
Went for nearly an hour walk with my girlfriend in the morning, and then watched a couple co-workers finish a half-marathon. Stopped by McDonald's for breakfast, but it forgot that it was too late for that, so just made it lunch instead. Went shopping a bit later. Listened to music and ate dinner. Watched classic Doctor Who, and then Wall•E. Now it is about time to get some sleep.

JimJamBonds
07-22-2013, 10:29 PM
Drove down to Milwaukee for a 5k that takes place in/around Miller Park that features the racing sausages. After that I bought some new running kicks, then hung out with a buddy of mine and his oldest son. I tagged along as they did some running around and then we hit up Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch. After they went home I did some more running around in Mke then drove home, showered, ate and then worked about 5 hours.